This is only one possible reading. It has been read many ways, and the point is that these are ambiguous symbols, not one-for-one allegories.
Since I already noted that it could be identified with the snake, I wish to note that it does not have to be. The "heart of the matter," if there is one, is that the poem is complex and richly ambiguous in only a few words.
>>> Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> 03/06/08 9:08 AM >>>
The heart of the matter !!!
Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
//Rose symbolises Love.
The invisible worm is satan worm is like snake.
Lust destroys the Garden of Eden.//
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From: Ken Armstrong
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Subject: The trouble with roses (worm? what worm?) Re: On the Making of a Simile
1 O Rose, thou art sick!
2 The invisible worm
3 That flies in the night,
4 In the howling storm,
5 Has found out thy bed
6 Of crimson joy:
7 And his dark secret love
8 Does thy life destroy.
Always wondered about the worm in this. Anyone know worms that fly in howling storms? Seriously?
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