William Blake

(28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827 / London)

Ah Sunflower


Ah Sunflower, weary of time,
Who countest the steps of the sun;
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the traveller's journey is done;

Where the Youth pined away with desire,
And the pale virgin shrouded in snow,
Arise from their graves, and aspire
Where my Sunflower wishes to go!

Submitted: Wednesday, May 09, 2001
Edited: Friday, January 02, 2015

Topic of this poem: flower


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  • Rookie - 0 Points Bill Elliott (11/2/2014 11:20:00 AM)

    William Blake was a mystic so this poem though short is very deep. It is not merely about time but about love in the highest sense. As the sunflower aspires to the sun (God) so too does the soul of Man aspire to satisfy and fulfil the desire for eternal love. In time we see that love can change but not so in eternity. According to Thomas Merton it is poem about a unity that Man aspires to. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,291 Points Melikhaya Zagagana (9/4/2014 4:40:00 AM)

    Beautiful, sweet and powerful. When our times go by and the beauty fades away- we wounder in confusion; asking why? leave life to the fullest and have no regrets when you come of age. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,508 Points * Sunprincess * (6/7/2014 10:20:00 PM)

    ..............oh this is the most beautiful poem I have read today....enjoyed... (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,181 Points Walterrean Salley (3/30/2013 7:25:00 PM)

    A lovely read, and with great imagery. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,508 Points * Sunprincess * (9/21/2012 5:14:00 PM)

    absolutely beautiful... love the metaphor of the pale virgin.. :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ryan Walker (10/13/2011 4:47:00 PM)

    The two stanza's are different in tone, the snow and grave are used as dark images to contrast the happiness of a sunflower. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Moneyball Mike (2/24/2010 7:40:00 AM)

    why is snow mentioned in this poem and about sunflowers (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Moneyball Mike (2/24/2010 7:40:00 AM)

    why is snow mentioned in this poem and about sunflowers (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Keshav Prasad (6/2/2009 4:35:00 AM)

    lovely one (Report) Reply

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