The Chimney Sweeper Essay

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“The Chimney Sweeper by William Blake” In William Blake’s poem, the reader will read about the first person point of view of a child going through a neglected life of child labour and slavery. In the poem, “The Chimney Sweeper”, Blake’s use of onomatopoeia conveys the emotions of the character in the poem. William Blake uses symbolism in his poem which gives the reader a better understanding of the message he is trying to convey. As well, Blake’s use of colors and adjectives provides the reader contrast between innocence, freedom and death. William Blake puts all these factors together in his poem to show how devastating it can be to lose your innocence at such a young age, the ignorance of society towards child labour and how …show more content…

For example, in the third stanza Blake writes “Were all of them lock’d up in coffins of black” (Blake 12). The color black can represent several different things, it puts the read under the impression that the children in the poem are in a dark place and it also shows the reader that the only way for the children to escape their misery is death. That being said, it is shown in the fourth stanza

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