Read the following poem by Stephen Gray.


Read the poem and look up all the words you do not know.

  1. What is the primary image in this poem?

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  1. To what is this image being compared and what figure of speech is it?

  1. Is this an effective comparison?

  1. What do you think the poet means by the lines "sentenced to death / dropping seed in plastic / bags, it's all over"?

  1. Draw a picture of the sunflower as it is described in the poem.
  1. What could the yellow sunflower be a symbol of? How does the symbolism of the flower add to the theme of the poem?