William Blake

(28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827 / London)

Ah Sunflower - Poem by William Blake

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!

Topic(s) of this poem: flower

Comments about Ah Sunflower by William Blake

  • Gold Star - 12,375 Points Douglas Scotney (9/26/2015 8:31:00 PM)

    don't know about 'wish'; looks like it's got no choice to me (Report) Reply

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  • Bronze Star - 2,030 Points Dr.subhendu Kar (9/26/2015 12:44:00 PM)

    most lovely write as i wait to read poem of such style of writing! (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,030 Points Dr.subhendu Kar (9/26/2015 12:42:00 PM)

    wonderful write and i wait to read another poem of such style of composition. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 11,383 Points Seema Jayaraman (9/26/2015 12:06:00 PM)

    One of my favourite Poets.. luv his flair and style of writing (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 15,816 Points Ramesh T A (9/26/2015 3:23:00 AM)

    Like the pining lover the Sun flower counts the steps of Sun! Nice comparison between flower and lover! (Report) Reply

  • 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 - 2,509 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 - 36,605 Points * Sunprincess * (6/7/2014 10:20:00 PM)

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

  • Gold Star - 5,215 Points Walterrean Salley (3/30/2013 7:25:00 PM)

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

  • Gold Star - 36,605 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

    Gold Star - 5,735 Points Neran Sati (9/26/2015 3:04:00 AM)

    to make a powerfull contrast to..sweet golden clime

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

    lovely one (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 9, 2001

Poem Edited: Friday, January 2, 2015

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