Christianity in William Blake's Works

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A brief overview of some of the author's more noted works such as "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell", "The Book of Thel", and Songs of Innocence and Experience readily attest to this fact. In Songs of Innocence and Experience, however, a number of the author's poems seem to integrate a decidedly Christian worldview within their text and the cosmology presented to readers through these works. This proclivity of Blake's is particularly salient in "The Chimney Sweeper" and "The Lamb". In fact, one can argue that most of the fundamental beliefs that Christianity is based upon are found within these poems, which serve as excellent examples of the author's tendency to write poems that adhere to a decidedly Christian viewpoint. Thematically, each of the aforementioned poems details some of the central precepts in Christianity. This point is made abundantly clear when one analyzes "The Chimney Sweeper", which connotes situations that are analogous to the redeeming grace of Jesus whose presence and divinity the religion of Christianity is based upon for sinners: which is implied by the dirt and soot that characterizes the young chimney sweepers in this poem. Within this poetic work Blake makes allusions to the sacrament of baptism, in which the redeemed chimney sweepers are primarily able to earn God's grace after they "wash in a river"…
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