The visionary English poet William Blake included "Ah! Sun-flower" in his famous 1794 collection Songs of Innocence and Experience. The poem is part of the Experience section of the collection, and it presents life on earth as filled with an intense desire to be reunited with God in heaven. The poem's speaker describes a "weary" sunflower as desperately seeking the sun, whose movements across the sky it closely tracks each day. The "sweet golden clime" the flower stretches toward represents heaven, a destination that the speaker argues human beings also long to reach. The short yet deceptively complicated poem has elicited plenty of symbolic interpretations since its publication (many related to frustrated love and devotion), and it's also possible to read it as subtly criticizing the denial of earthly pleasures in the name of gaining entrance to heaven.