Poetry: Weep You No More, Sad Fountains

“Weep You No More, Sad Fountains” BY ANONYMOUS

 

Weep you no more, sad fountains;

What need you flow so fast?

Look how the snowy mountains

Heaven’s sun doth gently waste.

But my sun’s heavenly eyes

View not your weeping,

That now lie sleeping

Softly, now softly lies

Sleeping.

 

Sleep is a reconciling,

A rest that peace begets.

Doth not the sun rise smiling

When fair at even he sets?

Rest you then, rest, sad eyes,

Melt not in weeping

While she lies sleeping

Softly, now softly lies

Sleeping.

This poem is a balladhttp://www.skwirk.com.au/p-c_s-54_u-254_t-651_c-2519/ballads/nsw/ballads/skills-by-text-type-poetry/poetry-overview

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-Read this article and prepare a full analysis of the poem.

Leave a comment in the blog:

-Can you compare this poem to another one we have read? Prove your point.

-Opinions on the poem: which one do you agree with? Account for your answer with quotations.

a-This poem is saying that the person will weep no more because her lover has left her. It is saying I will cry no more over you. I will better my self, and my heart, so I will stop my crying, and while I sleep, I will be revived in my own self concious.

b-It is about a woman that cries over a heart breaking relationship. As the poet mentioned ‘sleep is a reconciling, a rest that peace begets,’ it creates a feeling of this woman having cried for a long period of time and eventually she falls asleep.

c-This poem symbolizes one’s sadness and constantly reminding him/her that sadness can be overcome by various positive ways and telling him/her not to look back at unfortunate incidents because at the end of the day, we’ll all go to sleep and it will only remain as a memory.

d-The writer suggests that when we are sad,there is a way to let us calm. As the poem says ” Sleep is a reconciling, A rest that peace begets.” I agree with the writer, I think sleep make people feel safe.

e-The poet is trying to advise someone to stop crying over something that happened in the past (probably the death of a loved one) as everything will have to come to an end some day (told from the melting of the snowy mountains). The poet also describes sleeping as a cure to all sadness and advises us to take a break by going to sleep.

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16 Responses to Poetry: Weep You No More, Sad Fountains

  1. Miranda Correa Perkins says:

    I can compare the poem with “Why so Pale and Wan, Fond Lover”, for many reasons. Firstly, although they don’t the share the same theme, Both poems posses a strong structure and rhymes and they both have the same purpose: the writers are trying to persuade and convince a friend or an acquaintance of them to put an end to something that is bringing sorrow to them. In “Weep no more, sad fountains” the author is telling someone to try to prevent and stop his or her constant shedding of tears and sadness, and in “Why so Pale and Wan, fond lover”, Suckling talks about a man who is desperately trying to stop his friend In order for him to stop making a fool of himself for love.
    I agree with option C
     “Sleep is a reconciling, A rest that peace begets.”
     “What need you flow so fast?”
     “Rest you then, rest, sad eyes”

  2. Tomas says:

    I can compare this poem with “Go Lovely Rose!” because both poems are trying advice, counsel someone. Trying to open the eyes of someone and make them realize of their reality, make them realize that they have to move on in their lifes.

    C)Because it says that it has to overcome the past and move on with their lifes without looking back at their past.

  3. Malaki Helou says:

    In my view, this poem can be related with the one we saw called “Why So Pale and Wan” due to the fact in both poems there is someone that is going through a bad moment in his life and there is also someone who tries to help him, the writer. Both deal with sorrow, sadness, lonelyness and negativity vs positivity.

    I chose option D
    d-The writer suggests that when we are sad,there is a way to let us calm. As the poem says ” Sleep is a reconciling, A rest that peace begets.” I agree with the writer, I think sleep make people feel safe.

    The poem makes reference to the verb “Sleep” in several oportunities but it takes the metaphorical of the action, what does it really mean sleeping. It encourages the “sad person” of the poem to fall asleep so as to calm down and disconnect his or herself from the world to leave behind this moment.

  4. Martina Mendiondo says:

    I can compare this poem with “why so pale and wan, fond lover” because in both poems we can see the felling of sadness very present due to the fact that one poem the author is looking for relief and peace after a bad moment and in the other one, the author talks about unrequited love.
    I agree with E because in my opinion the poem tries to teach us to overcome the death of somebody. By telling us to go to sleep the poet says that we should stop and think and look for peace in our sleep: “Sleep is reconciling”, “A rest that peace begets;”

  5. Milagros Mosquera says:

    1- The first poem I thought about to compare with “Weep you no more, Sad fountains” was “To the virgins, to make much of time”. But after reading the posts of my classmates I found many similarities on the options they presented. I liked what Cande said about the visual imageries and the metaphors and also the way of comparing boths poems Pedro used. But I still found similarities with “To the virgins, to make much of time”, though this poem is much more encouraging than the ballad, both are giving hope and motivating people, I think that in “Go! Lovely rose” the final objective of the writer was to put preasure on the reader, while in this poem and in the one of the virgins it is more a hopeful and inspiring message.
    2- I agree with options C and E. “Sleep is a reconciling, A rest that peace begets.” “Doth not the sun rise smiling When fair at even he sets?” “While she lies sleeping Softly, now softly lies Sleeping.”

  6. Nacho Salaverri says:

    I would compare this poem with “Why so pale and Wan, Fond Lover?” because in both poems authors talk about of stop people we love from doing things that are not good for them, and helping them to overcome their problems. Also, because in both they can not understand why people suffer or are always sad if there are so many things in the world that can make you happy.

    I agree with Option D, because when people are going through hard times or after arguing, many times their solution or what they choose to do is to sleep, because when they do that they rest and do not have to struggle with anything or anyone. “Sleep is a reconciling, A rest that peace begets.” “Rest you then, rest, sad eyes”

  7. Ricardo Levene says:

    I can compare this poem to “Go, Lovely Rose!” mainly because in both poems, advisory is present, in one may be romantic also, and the other one sad, but in both cases, we can see the narrator trying to convince someone of something, wether it’s to be free, or to go on with your life without the ones you love. Also, in both Poems, “Moving on” is totally present.

    d) I almost completly agree with this statement, because the poet advices that everything continues, and also that everything will have an end some day, but I do not agree when it says that sleeping is a cure, because the poet relates sleeping to let the eyes rest from weeping.

  8. valentin says:

    -I can compare this poem with Amends, as in both of them, the night, when the sun hides, all the problems dissapear and while it’s sunny, people feel sad.

    -I would choose E: “Weep you no more, sad fountains”
    “Sleep is a reconciling, a rest that peace begets”

  9. Fva says:

    I can relate the poem with ‘Go, Lovely Rose!’ because of the personification both poems show (personifies a flower and, on the other poem, a fountain).

    I agree with opinion C
    C: Because it’s true that, on the following day, what happened in the past stays in the past, as you can star over.

  10. malena di bella says:

    1) I can compare “Weep you no more, sad fountains” with the poem “Go, Lovely Rose!”. Both poems have an extended metaphor and personification. And, in this two cases, the metaphors are the main symbol in the poem. For example, the rose plays a very important role since it is the one that will tell the girl how her future will be. Without the Rose, there would be no message or delivery of it. Also, the fountains are the ones who cant stop or are crying. With no fountains, or eyes, there would be no crying; therefore, no reciever of the imperative title (Weep you no more!). Moreover, both poems are communicating a message to something or someone. There are both like “advicing” poems.
    2) I agree with C and D
    C: I agree with C because the poem had a very sorrowful tone, that gives you the idea that the voice of the poem is really sad too; making the poem, a sad one. Moreover, in the poem you can see the recommendation of the writer. “Rest you then, sad eyes”, although the voice of the poem is sad and is weeping, in his interior he knows that he has to stop crying and rest. Because when you sleep, you dont cry, and even think.
    D: I feel that when you sleep, you press and “off-button” for your brain. So this melancholic person must sleep and stop thinking about sad things because that is worse. When he sleeps, he relaxes, doesnt think or cry. I think it’s the best solution for him. “A rest that peace begets”, sleeping brings peace. So, the voice’s eyes should just shut down for a while and find peace.

  11. Gitika says:

    “Why so Pale and Wan”, although this poem doesn’t share the theme, both poems have the same purpose: to stop others from doing something; in “Weep no more, sad eyes” the author intends to put an end to the endless tears people shed, and in “Why so Pale and Wan”, Sir John Suckling writes about a man who tries to stop his friend of doing pitiful things to try to seduce a woman he couldn’t seduce before.
    Also, both poems have notorious and strong rhymes and structure, although surely not the same.
    Option C- ” Sleep is a reconciling, A rest that peace begets.” “View not your weeping,
    That now lie sleeping” “What need you flow so fast?” “Rest you then, rest, sad eyes”

  12. Candelaria says:

    I can compare this poem with “go! Lovely rose” firstly because both tittles have an imperative tone, they are giving an order and also both have a personification, the fountain and the rose. Furthermore, both poems are giving advice, are trying to help someone and they use a metaphor to convey their message, the rose (effects of time) and the fountain (crying eyes, sadness). Moreover, both poems use visual imageries, such as the changes on the flower or the melting of the snow to create an effect and transmit a striking appealing message.
    -The poet is trying to advise someone to stop crying over something that happened in the past (probably the death of a loved one) as everything will have to come to an end some day (told from the melting of the snowy mountains). The poet also describes sleeping as a cure to all sadness and advises us to take a break by going to sleep.
    I agree with this view because I believe that the fountain is a metaphor for the crying eyes and the tittles itself says “weep no more sad fountains” it´s in imperative tone, it’s an order to stop crying. Furthermore, the line “Look how the snowy mountains Heaven’s sun doth gently waste” it’s a metaphor to explain that as snow melts, although slowly, it ends up disappearing, and the same happens with sadness, little by little it goes away. The line “Sleep is a reconciling, A rest that peace begets” refers to the effects that sleeping has and how it´s a cure to sadness, how it helps to “reconcile”. In addition, the line “when she lies sleeping” conveys the idea that it´s a person that died, and it´s a “she”

  13. – I can compare this poem to “Go, Lovely Rose!” because both are giving advices to someone, trying to make them realize something, and to get them aware of an aspect of reality.

    a) I don’t agree with this opinion, I think this poem isn’t about a lost love; someone is weeping because of a recent lost of someone beloved.
    b) I also don’t agree with this opinion. I think this poem isn’t about a lost love.
    c) I agree with this opinion, I believe the poem talks about how sad moments (as the death of someone) can be “stored” as just memories by sleeping: “View not your weeping, that now lie sleeping”.
    d) I also agree with this opinion, I think the poem also states that sleep is a good way to make us feel comfort and find peace after something bad happens: “Sleep is a reconciling, A rest that peace begets”; “While she lies sleeping softly, now softly lies”.
    e) I agree with this opinion, as the poet is clearly trying to comfort someone by using rational: “Doth not the sun rise smiling, when fair at even he sets?” and metaphoric advices: “Weep you no more, sad fountains; what need you flow so fast?”.

  14. Amalia Seré says:

    1)I believe that we can compare this poem to the one Queen Elizabeth wrote ” When I was fair and young” basically because both deal with a sorrowful tone and because “Weep you no more, san fountains” was wrote in the Elizabethan era when women suffer from men and fear to fall in love, specially people of well-to-do culture which are represented by the “Sad fountains”.
    2) In my opinion, I agree with letter C, specially because its true that sadness comes and goes with time ” Look how the snowy mountains, Heaven’s sun doth gently waste” and by sleeping, the person would acept what had had happened and continue living because life goes on ” sleep is a reconcilling” ” doth not the sun rise smilling, when fair at even he sets”.

  15. Pedro Nardi says:

    It looks like the poem “Amends” in which during night everything seemed to be alright and the moon seemed to fix all sort of problems. As it happens in this poem in which “sleeping” is a way to forget and take away all problems.

    I agree with “e” as it says that sleep will bring that person peace. “Sleep is a reconciling, A rest that peace begets.”. It will help her forget about her troubles just to rest. “Rest you then, rest, sad eyes”.

  16. Joaquin says:

    I connect this poem to the poem “Why so pale and Wan, Fond Lover?” as in both poems the authors aks themselves while a person is suffering when life is os beautiful and that there¡s always a way to feel god in the worst moments.
    From the options,I agree with option B as in the poem is it explained that while you are sleeping all your problems dissapear and the weeping stopped. So the author recommend: “Rest you then, rest, sad eyes”.

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