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Compare & Contrast The Presentation Of The Child In William Blake(TM)s Poems The Chimney- Sweeper In Songs Of Innocence & Experience

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Essay Question Compare and contrast the presentation of the child in William Blake's poems `The Chimney- Sweeper` in `Songs of innocence` and `Experience`. In William Blake's era children as young as 4 to 5 years of age were bought from parents who couldn't cope, and also orphans were bought and taken into a world of work and cruelty as chimney sweepers. In Blake's poems `Songs Of Experience` and `Innocence` it is written about how young children were bought and taken into being a chimney sweeper. In Blake's time Chimney sweepers were children of four to five years of age who had to be skinny and small to fit in the chimneys. Blake strongly disapproved of the chimney sweeping at such a young age, because then in the future for the 4 to 5 year olds they would have growth and lung problems because of all the dust they had to breath in. The chimney sweepers also had to be cramped up in a small space all day until the job was done. The children had to stay in a small dark space in the chimneys all day until they have finished there work with all their tools with them. ...read more.


`thousands of sweepers, Dick, Joe, Ned and Jack`. These are some of the little boys friends that are locked up in the coffins with him to die. `And by came an angel, who had a bright key`, in stanza 4 the bright key and the angel is shown to be freedom and new life. `And opened the coffins` this shows the thousands of chimney sweepers are being let free by a angel and going to start a new life. `And wash in a river, and shine in the sun` this is telling the reader the chimney sweepers are washing all the dirt from the chimneys away and also the cruelty away and starting a new life. In stanza 5 the stanza is all about happiness of the chimney sweepers, `Then naked and white, all their bags left behind. ` This shows the chimney sweeper are back to being kids happy and cheerful and also left all their chimney sweeping tools behind and started to play. Also in this stanza it shows that the children are not alone they have God as their father that will look after and care for them, `have god for his father.` `We rose ...read more.


And taught me to sing the notes woe. ` The boy is showing happiness and laughter outside but inside him is sadness and full of fear, `And because I am happy & dance and sing. They think they have done me no injury;` At the end of this stanza the little chimney sweeper is blaming God, kings and the Priest for all of the cruelty his facing, `And are gone to praise God and his priest and king, who made up a heaven of our misery!` The similarities between the two poems are that both poems are about little kids as chimney sweepers facing cruelty and sadness in their life. The differences between the two are that in `Songs Of Experience` the children have a lot of freedom and fun in their childhood, but in `Songs Of Innocence` the children have no freedom or fun but they have sadness instead. The teqniques in the poems are the moods which the poems is written in like when the chimney sweepers are happy and have freedom the writer uses the word white meaning clear and happy, but when the chimney sweepers are sad and lonely the writer uses black. ...read more.

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