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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: Wednesday, May 09, 2001

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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

  • Freshman - 1,355 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

  • 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

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