Ah Sunflower Poem

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1st English Class PA

Done by: Noor Kassem
Grade: 10G
Supervised by: Mrs. Samar

Ah Sunflower 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!

I think that Blake is going to talk about a plant resembling the sunflower, with all of living-things and nature around the flower, and I think he is going to say something about his construction of the Sun-flower rather than the sunflower itself.

Analysis:
1. Predict:-
look at the title and predict what you think this poem is about.

2. Question:-
Read the poem and write three questions to help you understand what you are reading.

* Who is the one tired of time?
* What does the sunflower symbolize?
* Where the sunflower wishes to go?

3. Monitor:-
As you read, underline phrases that provide imagery that help you imagine what the poet is trying to describe.

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.

4. Summarize:-
After you read, retell what you just read by using your own words.

Ah Sunflower tired of time, who counts each minute of the day, and is searching for heaven or clime “region”, when life is over. Then the next stanza is about heaven itself, and two unrequited lovers who have died here on earth and will meet in heaven someday. The place where the boy died of love, and where the dead virgin shrouded in snow (might have been the girl that the boy died for), return from dead and want to go to (heaven), the place...
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