contain parallel poems that contrast innocence and experience.
Two such poems that share the name “The Chimney Sweeper” both depict a young boy working the deadly job of a chimney sweeper but in startlingly different ways.
And by came an angel who had a bright key, And he opened the coffins and set them all free; Then down a green plain leaping, laughing, they run, And wash in a river, and shine in the sun. Because I was happy upon the heath, And smiled among the winter's snow, They clothed me in the clothes of death, And taught me to sing the notes of woe.
Then naked and white, all their bags left behind, They rise upon clouds and sport in the wind; And the angel told Tom, if he'd be a good boy, He'd have God for his father, and never want joy. And because I am happy and dance and sing, They think they have done me no injury, And are gone to praise God and his priest and king, Who make up a heaven of our misery." In 'The Chimney Sweeper' of Innocence, Blake can be interpreted to criticise the view of the Church that through work and hardship, reward in the next life would be attained; this results in an acceptance of exploitation observed in the closing lines 'if all do their duty they need not fear harm.' Blake uses this poem to highlight the dangers of an innocent,...
These children were oppressed and had a diminutive existence that was socially accepted at the time.
Children in this field of work often unfed and poorly clothes.The narrator of “The Chimney Sweeper” in lives a terrible life that could result in his death at any time. His father sold him as a chimney sweeper, making him little more than a slave.Yet this boy still manages the type of optimism only a child can muster and comforts his friend Tom Dacre when his head is shaved.) offers no help or solution to the child, demonstrating the impact these corrupt teachings have had on society as a whole.Scholars agree that the "of Innocence" poem "The Chimney Sweeper" is the 12th object in the order of the original printings of the Songs of Innocence and of Experience and the "of Experience" version of the poem was 37th in the publication order.And the Angel told Tom, if he’d be a good boy, He’d have God for his father & never want joy.And so Tom awoke; and we rose in the dark And got with our bags & our brushes to work.The poem immediately begins with the narrator describing his unfortunate situation of being a child laborer. In “The Chimney Sweeper” in , the narrator also cries out “’weep,” (2) but this time it is not unintentional.Losing one’s mother and being sold by one’s father is sure to cause a loss of innocence. The narrator fully comprehends the tragedy of his situation.The analysis of some of the literary devices used in this poem has been given below."The Chimney Sweeper" is the title of a poem by William Blake, published in two parts in Songs of Innocence in 1789 and Songs of experience in 1793.