Eunice AmoahProfessor Stacie VesolichEnglish Composition II
Dat “The chimney Sweeper” from Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience
William Blake’s The Chimney Sweeper, tells the story of what happened to many young boys during his era. Most often, boys as young as four and five were sold for the soul purpose of cleaning chimneys because of their small size. These children were exploited and lived a meager existence that was socially acceptable at the time. Blake voices the evils of this acceptance through point of view, symbolism, and his startling irony. (Bartleyby.com).The color black in “locked up in coffins of black” and “A little black thing among the snow” symbolizes death. Blake was bitter; he blames his parents for having to work as a chimney sweeper. This conveys the image that chimney sweeps live in fear, and that their work is that of death. Blake was very interested in the life of those at the bottom of the social ladder. He wanted to give voice to those who had no right in the English Industrial society.
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