Discourse Analysis of ‘The Sick Rose’ By William Blake in The Light of Text Within the Context


  • Ali Siddiqui PhD Scholar, Institute of English Language and Literature, University of Sindh, Jamshoro, Sindh, Pakistan
  • Inayatullah Kakepoto Professor, Department of English, Quaid-e-Awam University of Engineering Science & Technology Nawabshah, Sindh, Pakistan
  • Tania Laghari Assistant Professor, Department of English, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University, Shaheed Benazirabad


CDA, sick, poem, discourse, context, text


This paper critically analyzes the vision of William Blake to compose his poem ‘The Sick Rose’ in 1794. Fairclough’s CDA (1989) model examined the language used in this poem, which claimed to debate the discourse of numerous literary texts. Theories represent the spectrum of diverse interpretations based on socio-cultural and power domains prevailing in present-day society. Theories helped construct a framework in light of text in the context of the fantasy world. The imagery world in the text is open to various interpretations. Still, this study focused on selecting and assessing a few important elements of the text that tend to reveal the fictional domain of the world in the context of theories based on the three-dimensional analysis method. Analysis of the poem ‘The Sick Rose’ (1794) based on Fairclough’s CDA three-dimensional model (1993) analysis revealed a new concept that prevailed in the writings of poet William Blake. The critical vision shows that poet William Blake used symbols to represent text within the context. The use of symbolism by the poet was an artistic attribute to highlight the implicit heinous crime of sexuality. He mastered crafting disadvantages that can be received with the corrupt attitude of men in society.