It also echoes the serpent in the garden.
>>> Gunnar Jauch <[log in to unmask]> 03/05/08 3:30 PM >>>
Am 05.03.2008 um 02:42 schrieb Nancy Gish:
> One meaning given to "worm" was that it was a dragon. So it could
> in that sense fly in the night, but it could hardly find a bed of
> crimson joy in that form. It is a mix of physical and
> metaphysical qualities (life destroyed by a worm's dark love) that
> can't be fixed as literal.
>>>> Ken Armstrong <[log in to unmask]> 3/4/2008 7:56 PM >>>
> 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?
> Ken A
Dear Ken --
if this is of any help:
Some years ago, in the Milan Museum of Paleontology, I saw a
A petrified spider with wings (no worm, though),
endowed with a venomous spike.
There you got Nancy's dragon!
For an arachnophobiac it was good to know that they are extinct...