Poem Analysis Of 'William Shakespeare By William Blake'

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2.2. Poem Analysis
The followings are the poem which has been added with personal interpretations and the further analysis.

When my mother died I was very young,
And my father sold me while yet my tongue
Could scarcely cry " 'weep! 'weep! 'weep! 'weep!"
So your chimneys I sweep & in soot I sleep.

There's little Tom Dacre, who cried when his head
That curled like a lamb's back, was shaved, so I said,
"Hush, Tom! never mind it, for when your head's bare,
You know that the soot cannot spoil your white hair."

And so he was quiet, & that very night,
As Tom was a-sleeping he had such a sight!
That thousands of sweepers, Dick, Joe, Ned, & Jack,
Were all of them locked up in coffins of black;

And by came an Angel who had a bright key,
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Line 5-8 : A new recruit named Tom Dacre has hair which was as curly as a lamb; another interpretation Blake used is a symbolism from the word lamb to emphasize children as we are already concerned in mythology often be considered as innocent and as a prey to the beast. Before doing his dirty work he was told to shave beforehand. It is actually a satire indicating when Tom finally did cut his hair off, he would not be worried about it since it would not get darken by the soot anymore.
Line 9-12 : At night after being tired of doing all the hard work, Tom and his friends were asleep in the chimney where they worked at. Line 11 shows boy names indicating the recruits were only for young boys. The innocent child dreamed about his friends entrapped in the chimney they worked in, they were so close to their death evidenced by the word ‘coffins’. Their job as its name ‘the climbing boy’ is indeed a risk for their life, they might get respiratory problems or other terrifying
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Cloud’s color is gray, gray is the symbol of misery, ‘they rise upon clouds’ depicts that they were struggling, they were rising from their bad luck in life. The angel in Tom’s dream told them to be good boys and to keep being patient to get through their days; just do what they should do and be obedient about it, their life must go on so one day they would find a better place to live in even though lots of them were orphans and abandoned, God would be their Father who would protect them from cruelty in

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