William Blake was an 18th century poet, prominent for his sweet, short rhythmic verse, which illustrated religious elements, Christian principals, and his sometimes criticism of British industrialism. Blake’s, “My Pretty Rose-Tree,” was published in his collection of verse, Songs of Experience, and shared a colorfully vibrant plate, with two other poems concentrated on different forms of love, through the imagery of other types of flowers, such as the lilies and sunflowers. When I first read, “My Pretty Rose-Tree,” I was reminded of Antoine De Saint-Exupéry’s, The Little Prince, in which the poem resembled some allegorical elements present in this preeminent children’s novella. For instance, “My Pretty Rose-Tree,” demonstrates how a male speaker is offered an alluring Spring blossom, however he rejects the gift, replying, “I have a pretty rose tree.” Likewise, De Saint-Exupéry’s title character, finds himself confined in a grove, consumed of thorny bramble and talking crimson bulbs of roses, whose intent is to draw him from his own sweet rose, on his asteroid planet B-612, and he initially rebukes the other roses. Secondly, William Blake’s rose-tree spurns the poem’s speaker in jealousy, although he tends to her every need and want. Similar, The Little Prince is driven away from his beloved rose because of her vainness, even if he like the poem’s speaker, even though he does everything the rose desires.
A flower was offer'd to me;
Such a flower as May never bore.
But I said, "I've a Pretty Rose-tree":
And I passed the sweet flower o'er.
Then I went to my Pretty Rose-tree;
To tend her by day and by night.
But my Rose turn'd away with jealousy:
And her thorns were my only delight.
Blake’s poem seems to describe the actions and love of an individual who is seemingly spurned because of their beloved’s jealousy. Now, write a narrative verse, describing a tale of love, in which follows or utilizes element’s of Blake’s poem of spurned love. Or conceive a poem describing how an individual is rejected from things they love, by other’s jealousy, vanity, or crude flaws. Or how about, something just seemingly inspired by Blake’s poem, nothing specific, but just inspired.