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Compare and contrast "The Chimney Sweeper" in Songs of Innocence with "The Chimney Sweeper" in songs of Experience by William Blake. Discuss other poems by Blake that appear to be critical of the society in which he lived.

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  • Submitted: 19/02/2008
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Compare and contrast "The Chimney Sweeper" in Songs of Innocence with "The Chimney Sweeper" in songs of Experience by William Blake. Discuss other poems by Blake that appear to be critical of the society in which he lived.

William Blake composed two famous poem collections entitled 'Songs of Innocence' and 'Songs of Experience'. Within these he reveals harsh opinions of the 18th century and his anti establishment views of the society in which he lived. From these collections I am going to compare and contrast the two poems "The Chimney Sweeper" from songs of Innocence and "The Chimney Sweeper" from songs of Experience. Within this essay I will analyse the way in which his opinions are portrayed and the way imagery, structure and form create extreme visual effects. I will also review two other poems entitled "The garden of love" and "The little vagabond" which further reflect Blake's critical outlook on social inequality, the disparity caused by wealth and divides of class, and the unsavoury social consequences of selfishness, greed, and power lust from society's authorised members.

Blake was writing during the harsh conditions of the industrial revolution where the world was changing and developing at a

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