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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

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

  • 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

  • (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

  • 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

  • (6/7/2014 10:20:00 PM)

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

  • (3/30/2013 7:25:00 PM)

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

  • (9/21/2012 5:14:00 PM)

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

  • (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

  • (2/24/2010 7:40:00 AM)

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

  • (2/24/2010 7:40:00 AM)

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

    (9/26/2015 3:04:00 AM)

    to make a powerfull contrast to..sweet golden clime

  • (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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