[Milton-L] 17th century poetry query

Watt, James jwatt at butler.edu
Fri Jun 27 12:27:46 EDT 2008


Sounds like Wm. Blake's "Sunflower" in the Songs of Innocence and Experience.  Could be a minor poem of Thomas Traherne?

Jim Watt
From: milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu [milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu] On Behalf Of Shannon Miller [smiller at temple.edu]
Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2008 9:14 AM
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Subject: [Milton-L] 17th century poetry query

Dear Miltonists,
This is a much broader 17th century poetry question posed to me by a
colleague:  I was hoping that individual members of the Milton list would be
willing to consider it.  My colleague recalls two 17th century poems on
sunflowers, but can't seem to find them.  He describes the poems as follows:
"The gist of it was that like the sunflower that follows the sun across the
sky, our souls hunger for heaven."  I was able to find two later examples,
but they are rather obscure.

Does this ring a bell for anyone?  Off-list responses would be greatly

Best,  Shannon Miller

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