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The two poems I have chosen to discuss are: - The Chimney Sweep: My Mother Died When I Was Very Young (William Blake) and Winter: My Secret (Christina Georgina Rossetti).

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Literature Assignment ENC002 Hazel Sinclair The two poems I have chosen to discuss are: - The Chimney Sweep: My Mother Died When I Was Very Young (William Blake) and Winter: My Secret (Christina Georgina Rossetti). In this essay I will explain what I think the two poems mean and I will be describing the poems features. The first poem The Chimney Sweep was written in 1789 by William Blake. The poem has six stanza's and is written about a young boy whose mother has died and in stanza one before he gets the chance to grieve his father sells him and he is sent to work as a chimney sweep. In stanza two whilst working the child meets a boy, Tom Dacre from the expressions used in the poem Tom seems to be a very young boy due to the fact the speaker uses the words "little Tom" and he cries when he has to have his head shaved. ...read more.

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In my opinion this means that they will have worked hard but they will be rewarded by God and that death would actually be a blessing. This poem is very realistic and has a use of good simple words which helps the writer get to the point and rhyme. The poem also has a very good metre and uses enjambment in the first three stanzas. When looking at the poem on paper it looks very regular and neat and all the stanzas have the same amount of lines in them. The imagery used in this poem is very effective and the impact of the poem made me feel sorry for both the children. The second poem Winter: My Secret was written in 1862 by Christina Georgina Rossetti, the poem has four stanzas and is written about a secret that someone has to tell but is very cautious and unsure about how the other person will react. ...read more.

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In the third stanza the speaker talks about the change in the weather which I think mirrors her/his moods or personality. The forth stanza tells us that the speaker might tell the secret on another day in summer when the fruit is "ripening to excess" this indicates that the person will also be ripening to tell the secret that he/she can hold no longer and also the speaker says that the weather cannot be too hot or cold reflecting again to the persons personality. The last two lines of the poem are "perhaps my secret I may say, or you may guess". So you never actually find out what the secret is but I feel that the speaker thinks the person will guess because it will be something that they cant hide much longer. This poem is very abstract because you can't actually say the secret is real. The words are complex and don't always rhyme. When looking at the poem on paper it doesn't look regular. The imagery used in the poem is very good because it keeps the reader intrigued. ...read more.

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