What if you Slept?

What if you slept?
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

What if you slept
And what if
In your sleep
You dreamed
And what if
In your dream
You went to heaven
And there plucked a strange and beautiful flower
And what if
When you awoke
You had that flower in you hand
Ah, what then?

What do you think this flower symbolizes? Do you think it means you can pick your angel/guardian to watch over you or is it just a flower?
Why do you think the writer said its a strange but beautiful flower? (use of irony) Is there something wrong with this flower?
– This author uses irony and symbolize throughout this poem. There is repetition of the phrases, “What if” it occurs four times in this twelve line poem.  This writer was talking about heaven and god. I think when he referred to the flower he was talking about an angel or a lost love one that you can  have when you wake up. The writer i think is testing the reader on his/her religious beliefs because what if this happened would you believe now that heaven exists?
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