My Pretty Rose-Tree (Prompt and Poem by William Blake)

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“A Vision of Fiammetta,” by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

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.

One thought on “My Pretty Rose-Tree (Prompt and Poem by William Blake)

  1. Twelve

    There is no such thing as a frozen heart
    For there is no such thing as a cold emotion
    All of them burn with the fury of a star
    Getting closer to the flame only leaves you in a forever state of rehabilitation
    A forever state of healing, but never enough to function
    I once believed there was a such thing as a frozen heart
    I believed there was one sitting on a throne in my chest
    So I hugged the star fiercely, hoping to beat once more
    But the light did not appreciate my affection
    No, the light gave me a covert curse
    It turned my false frozen heart into a living flame
    My body is a hearth that simply will not be tamed
    So I endure, and endure some more
    I endure the fact that anyone that gets a bit too close
    Cannot stand the touch of me
    And gets burned right to the core


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