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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?

Edmund Spenser, “Sonnet 77” from Amoretti

“Was it a dreame, or did I see it playne?
A goodly table of pure yvory,
All spred with juncats fit to entertayne
The greatest prince with pompous roialty:
Mongst which, there in a silver dish did ly
Two golden apples of unvalewd* price,
Far passing those which Hercules came by,
Or those which Atalanta did entice;
Exceeding sweet, yet voyd of sinfull vice;
That many sought, yet none could ever taste;
Sweet fruit of pleasure, brought from Paradice
By Love himselfe, and in his garden plaste.
Her brest that table was, so richly spredd;
My thoughts the guests, which would thereon have fedd.”

Last wendesday during class we did a deep reading on a poem within our groups. My group chose to do Edmund Spensers, “Sonnet 77” from Amoretti. I did a deep reading on the first four lines of this poem. The WAS is in past tense a DREAM which is a noun. The OR is a big part of the first line because it is a option was it something he saw or only imagined in his dream? The word SEE is a verb that help with the choice provided. Moving down to the secound line A means one, GOODLY is a adjective that is used to describe the figure(TABLE). I had a heard time understanding what this line truely ment because i thought YVORY was just a color but i was wrong. I went online and did some research, it is a hard creamy white material that is made of elephant and walruses tusks. The table that is described in the poem is made from this and it isPURE. The third line the word ALL is an adjective that describe that SPRED composed of JUNCATS. Juncats is a sweet custard like sweet made with milk these desserts where placed all over this table. The word FIT is a Idioms and ENTERTAYNE is a verb which is giving the table reason with all the juncats. The last line GREATEST PRINCE, greatest is a adjective describeing the prince(noun). POMPOUS is an adjective that descibe the princes royalty. Pompous means a display of dignity and importance.

This exercise that i did during our class really benefited me greatly i feel as if only by these first four lines i have a better understanding of the poem than i ever thought i would have gotten. When you continue to do deep reading on the rest of this poem you will begin to really understand. Also doing some research on  Atlanta and Hercules will also benefit your understanding.


“Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.”

By: Langston Hughes

I choose this poem because i think it holds a very important message for anyone that reads it. This poem is about dreams and how important they are to living your life to the fullest. The beginning of the poem is telling you to never give up or throw your dreams away, because life with out dreams is not living. This holds a very important spot in my heart because i am a strong believer that if you want to do something in your life than you need to everything in your power to make your dreams come true. The ending of this 8 line poem is telling that when an opportunity to follow your dreams comes up to take it and go for it. I absolutely love how Langston compared life to a broken winged bird because with out having goals in your life is there really any reason to live? Dreams are very important to be happy and to have hope to have the best life.