Comparing "The Chimney Sweeper" And "Songs Of Innocence And Of Experience"

In the poems “The Chimney Sweeper” from “Songs of Innocence And of Experience”, the author William Blake reveals the harsh reality of the horrible life that a young boy had to endow as the life of a chimney sweeper. Mr. Blake sets the image in the readers mind by the imagery and the tone portrayed in the two poems. Blake lets the reader see how the young boys viewpoint changes from “Songs of Innocence” to “Songs of Experience”.
In the two poems, religious imagery is revealed to the reader in several situations. In the first poem from “Songs of Innocence”, it is portrayed to be an optimistic viewpiont on religion. The Angel comes down sets Tom and the other chimney sweepers free, then ...

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has come to the harsh reality that being a child in a profession where help is needed, because the child can not help himself, God has let him down since he has not released him and the other boys from their coffins of black. He reveals this to the reader in the last stanza of “Songs of Experience” when he makes his parents think that he is still happy. Therefore they forget about the boy and go “praise God & his Preist & King who make up a heaven of our misery”(p36 L 11-12). The three most important role models the boy has are not there and in his mind have left him in solitude.
Having stressed the point of religious imagery in the two poems and revealing how they changed, Blake also submits the tone to the reader in the same manner. In the first poem, the tone is sad at first when Tom was sold when he was young. Then his curly white hair had to be cut off so it would not interfere with his work. In the last three stanzas, however he has a vision where the boys were all released ...

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Added: 3/6/2008 11:38:24 AM
Category: Poetry & Poets
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