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

  • Michael Walker (8/7/2019 9:10:00 PM)

    The sunflower must be impressive. Allen Ginsberg, who knew Blake's poetry well, also wrote 'Sunflower Sutra',
    which I think is better than Blake's 'Ah, Sunflower'.
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  • (11/13/2018 12:24:00 PM)

    Dear poet it is a nice poem because sun flower is a large (Report)Reply

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  • Muzahidul Reza (6/13/2018 12:15:00 AM)

    A lovely poem shared, triumph for 🌻 (Report)Reply

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  • Lungelo S Mbuyazi (6/12/2018 3:23:00 PM)

    Ah! Nice work here....

    And the pale virgin shrouded in snow
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (6/12/2018 12:46:00 PM)

    'Seeking after that sweet golden clime'! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • (6/12/2018 10:55:00 AM)

    a hindi/urdu translation:
    https: //www.poemhunter.com/poem/ah-sunflower-a-william-blake-poem-in-hindi-urdu-translation/
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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (6/12/2018 2:25:00 AM)

    The relationship among sunflower and sun has been astutely depicted. Beautiful poem. (Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (6/12/2018 2:13:00 AM)

    Such a heartwarming write by William Blake👍👍👍 (Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab Bangalee (6/12/2018 1:54:00 AM)

    ..........alive and active everything where my Sunflower wishes to go


    wow
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  • Britte Ninad (6/12/2018 1:40:00 AM)

    for offering of sunbeam the face eager to catch fairly........

    greatly written
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  • Indira Renganathan (12/2/2016 7:34:00 AM)

    Longing for a sunny life with love fulfilled the young lovers from the grave....Seeking after that sweet golden clime
    Where the traveller's journey is done the sunflower waiting and counting the steps of the Sun.....like the sunflower like the lovers....a good analogical poem
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  • (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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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Seema Jayaraman (9/26/2015 12:06:00 PM)

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

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  • 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

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  • (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

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  • 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

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  • (6/7/2014 10:20:00 PM)

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

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  • (3/30/2013 7:25:00 PM)

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

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Read poems about / on: journey, snow, sun, time



Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 9, 2001

Poem Edited: Friday, January 2, 2015


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