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Compare and Contrast 'The Chimney Sweeper from Songs of Innocence and Experience.' You Should Pay Particular Attention to the Content as Well as Blake's Use of Language.

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GCSE William Blake

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Compare and Contrast 'The Chimney Sweeper from Songs of Innocence and Experience.' You Should Pay Particular Attention to the Content as Well as Blake's Use of Language.

Even though, a hundred and seventy nine years later, lying in his grave, William Blake is still one of the best influences in poetry and even daily life today. Blake's work, unrecognised during his lifetime, but now is almost universally considered that of a genius. Northrop Frye, who undertook a study of Blake's entire opus, 'What is in proportion to its merits the least read body of poetry in the English Language.' Blake was born into a middle class family in 1757. The bible, being one of the most worshipped yet most feared artefacts in Blake's time, was his biggest influence in his work, and was to be his biggest influence until the day he died. As Blake matured into a budding poet, artist and engraver, his parents were with him every step of the way. In 1782, Blake married Catherine Boucher, a girl he respected, loved, needed and most importantly, shared a passion in his work. Blake abhorred slavery with a passion, he also believed strongly in racial and sexual

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