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    The Chimney Sweeper Thesis Blake uses many literary devices to portray the hopeless life of the young chimney sweeps. I. Irony II. Imagery III. Symbolism William Blake masterfully uses many literary devices to portray the hopeless life of a young chimney sweep in his poem “The Chimney Sweeper”. The poem has a young, nameless first person narrator which gives the poem a sense of youthful innocence and anonymity that is in direct contradiction to the horrible conditions they suffer. Most

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    POETRY ESSAY The Chimney Sweeper Thesis Sometimes people are forced to grow and live in the harshest of conditions, it can be hard to see God in those dark and bleak times but those who can, are truly blessed and know that their sufferings will only be temporary. Outline I. Introduction- Bringing to light an appalling state of affairs regarding children who have no loved ones The Chimney sweeper Overview: Sold into child slavery at

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    How would we do a poetry explication on “The Chimney Sweeper” (from songs of experience) by William Blake? We would start by analyzing “The Chimney Sweeper” and breaking it down into our own meaning or interpretation. In “The Chimney Sweeper” there are two speakers the child who is found in the snow and the person that finds him. Towards the beginning of “The Chimney Sweeper” we are told about the child who was covered in soot and how he was found by the first speaker. The child then goes on

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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

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    “The Chimney Sweeper” is a poem written by William Blake (1757 –1827). His main aim is to expose the social defects in his age and the vices which afflict his society and to confront his readers with the dreadful suffering of the working paupers. According to Blake, the chimney-sweeping life is not a life at all; the labourer children have lost their childhood, their freedom, and their innocence. He criticizes the victimisation of children and the injustice of this oppressive labour. He shows how

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    The Chimney Sweeper reflects the hope that God can give to people even when they are miserable and hopeless. The kid in the poem is sold at a very young age and he is devastated with the things he is forced to do, but his perspective changes once he sees his future. At the beginning of the poem, the narrator feels anger and sorrow since he is forced to clean chimneys instead of being able to run and play like a normal kid would usually do, but as the poem continues to develop, there's a shift present

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    Blake’s poem “The Chimney Sweeper” is considered to be one of his finest, yet contradictory works of his life, as he provides a negative social perspective on the topic of child labour. Assisted through the use of various poetic techniques such as anecdotes, biblical illusion, symbolism, euphemism, metaphors, and rhyme, Blake was able to assertively convey his protest towards the laws against the use of young children in the British workforce. The theme of child innocence is also the other main explored

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    With reference to both texts discuss the use of social criticism in “the chimney sweeper” “The Chimney Sweeper” from Songs of Innocence in 1789 and “The chimney sweeper “from songs of experience in 1794 both are written by William Blake who is the one of the first writers of the "Romantic Period." The first poem is indescribable litter chimney sweepers who hold hope in their hearts and feel warm although they are abandoned by their parents and are living a miserable life in the actual world. The

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    The two poems that I chose to compare are “The Chimney Sweeper” poem from both Songs of Innocence and the Songs of Experience. 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

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    William Blake’s poem, “The Chimney Sweeper” is a poem about children losing their innocence and being forced to clean chimneys. The setting is in the industrial period when children in orphanages being sent to work at such a young age. The young boys were usually the ones to be put to work because they were small enough to get into the chimneys and clean them. Children in this era eventually were diagnosed with Black Lung Disease because they inhaled too much soot in their lungs. The poem opens

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    The Chimney Sweepers William Blake has written two poems with the same title of Chimney Sweeper, however each poem was written to portray a different perspective of similar situations. The poem Chimney Sweep (Songs of Experience) is written in a bleaker scope compared to Chimney Sweep (Songs of Innocence) which happens to be much more optimistic.Willaim Blake had written these stories as foils of one another and which has helped readers compare and contrast the messages that the poems are trying

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    The "Chimney Sweep" poems of Experience and Innocence are different and similar in tone all threw out the poems in many ways. From the way the kids are feeling, to the way the author describes the way the characters act in the poem. The author shows us how both poems are alike by describing the character’s emotions. In both poems it shows us how they were miserable. In "The Chimney Sweeper" (from songs of Innocence) it says "There's little Tom Dacre, who cried when his head, that curled like a lamb's

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    In 1817 a report from the parliamentary committee on the employment of child sweeps - also known as ‘climbing boys’- declared that there were children as young as four years old working arduous hours in chimneys barely seven inches wide. Due to familial poverty, children were sold by their parents or recruited from workhouses. Parents would often lie about the age of their child in an effort to sell them to master-sweeps. To increase speed the master sweep would employ physical punishment; pins and

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    appearance in the first “The Chimney Sweeper” here, “Then naked and white, all their bags left behind”. This passage literally shows the childrens innocence because their young bodies were bare. When a newborn enters the world, this is truly the most innocent time in ones life. Through Blakes allusion to the naked, pure, and free bodies he is emphasizing their continued innocence. The irony of the color “white” in this passage is showcased because more than 65% of the chimney sweeps were black (Simkin

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    author of The Chimney Sweeper, gives the reader an uncomfortable feeling of the acceptance, and cruelty of child labor. With the use of anecdote, biblical allusions and a very sympathetic and retributive tone—Blake is able to transform the surreal idea of child labor into a visual reality. The poem revolves around a little boy, who the narrator describes as a “little black thing”, who is working as a sweeper in very poor and hopeless conditions. Through the voice of the child chimney, he is able to

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    choice but to sell their sons and daughters. Unfortunately, the career that children were forced into was chimney sweeping, which had a terrifyingly high mortality rate. The poem, “The Chimney Sweeper”, written by William Blake, tells the heartbreaking story of a child who is sold into chimney sweeping at a young age and leads a devastating life. After reading Blake’s poem about the sweepers, one may begin to wonder how it was possible for children to be treated so poorly, and how the king of that

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    William Blake’s The Chimney Sweeper            William Blake’s “The Chimney Sweeper” was mainly about the possibilities of both hope and faith. Although the poem’s connotation is that of a very dark and depressed nature, the religious imagery Blake uses indicates that the sweeps will have a brighter future in eternity.      In lines 4 – 8 when Blake writes, “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,

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    In the Chimney Sweeper, William Blake portrays the lack of innocence in these young boys lives since they are expected to have attained the experience to preform such unjust actions. The speaker of the poem begins it by letting us know that after his mother passed away his father gave him up to be a chimneysweeper so he could obtain money. These two figures, his mother and father are whom kids are supposed to depend on and look up for guidance. He feels abandoned because his mother is gone and

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    understanding the relationship between innocence and experience. As one becomes less ignorant towards the suffrage around them, they become bitter towards their own society, which is clearly reflected in the structure of the poems. Blake’s Innocent Chimney Sweeper is perfectly symmetrical, consisting of six stanzas, each containing four lines of four beats. This gives the poem a song-like quality, which is effective in highlighting the sadness of the subject matter. Child labour is not a joyful subject

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    William Blake's Chimney Sweeper Poems

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    Chimney sweeper Essay Writers and artists are influenced by the culture of their time. They respond to the world around them through their work. In the 18th century, England was plagued by the gruesome repercussions of the industrial revolution. One such repercussion was the child labor of the time, where young boys at the ages of five and six were for forced to work in harsh conditions, either sweeping chimneys or working in factories. William Blake used his romantic style of writing to commentate

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