William Blake Songs of Innocence & Experience

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“The Chimney Sweeper” Songs of Innocence & Experience analysis with, William Blake In 1794 William Blake’s work was known and published as a collection of poems that were put together as one book called Songs of innocence & Songs of Experience. In the collection Blake titles a poem, “The Chimney Sweeper”, and this one is viewed in two ways: Innocence and experience. In the book of innocence Blake shows how poor innocent children are being abused and mistreated during this time era. In Songs of innocence, “The Chimney Sweeper,” is about the way childhood youth is destroyed, taken away or ruined by selfish mean-spirited adults. Innocence to Blake was in a way not even in existence. He always believed that the world of one’s…show more content…
However, they are not his ideal target here. He suggests that it is 'because I am happy and dance and sing that they think they have done me no injury'.(Line9-10) While no excuse is offered for the church that they have run off to the parents may not be malicious; it is possible that they are simply misguided, or perhaps self-deceiving. The sweeper clearly implies that 'God and his priest and king' are to blame, because they 'make up a heaven of our misery'.(Line11-12) The question that comes to mind after reading and analyzing the third stanza is one I think most would assume. How could those whom have such a ‘great standing’ in faith run off, leave a child to finish the job that has been tasked out for him/her to do; and forget them, proceeding to go give praise to God? It is clear that the parents seek acceptance from the church and if putting their child on the back burner is what it takes that is the way they are choosing. As a result, this poem accomplishes it purpose very well. In Songs of Experience, the child in “The Chimney Sweeper” understands that he is a forgotten son. Another Key point that I would like to make is the comparison with Innocence and the term ‘good’, and Experience with the term ‘evil’. Blake also referred to his poem, The Lamb with innocence and goodness, contrary, The Tyger with evilness and experience. This collection of poems by Blake does make one question things that they normally would not. This in depth topic
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