• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

`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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Other Poets section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Other Poets essays

  1. Peer reviewed

    Much Ado About Nothing

    4 star(s)

    Beatrice then demands that Benedick "Kill Claudio" in revenge for the shame inflicted upon her cousin Hero. When Benedick refuses she claims that he does not love her and that they can only be friends. Beatrice was testing Benedick to find out how far he was willing to go to prove his love for her.

  2. One's Self I Sing

    Whitman started the opening line celebrating "One Self" who is a "simple separate person." In this way he had mentioned the primary and most important identity of American nation which is individuality. Simultaneously, the second line of the stanza distinguishes the most valuable properties of those individuals, it is Democracy and Unity.

  1. Compare and contrast Williams Wordsworths 'Daffodils with Gillian Clarke' Mroiracle on St David's Day

    Throughout 'Daffodils' Wordsworth continues the natural theme by writing about the 'waves, trees and breeze'. Solitude is also apparent from the very first line, 'I wander'd lonely as a cloud' and the Wordsworth end the poem in his own company, 'For oft, when on my couch I lie In vacant

  2. Romeo and Juliet Act 1 Scene 5

    talk to his guest so that he can ensure that the mood at the party stays entertaining and merry but then suddenly switches back to an angry tone to speak to

  1. Poetry English language

    So he is at the bottom of the pile, where as Henry V is at the top and calls the shots. Evidently he has been marching a long time, particularly when he says "seven-six-eleven-five-nine-an-twenty-mile-today". This proves that he has been marching a long time.

  2. English Coursework - Diverse Cultures

    To cope with his loneliness he read a lot of books to keep his mind of reality. Curley's wife was also very lonely, she was the only woman on the ranch and discriminated against.

  1. Comparing Poems from different cultures

    The island man again is showing longing to be free, and back at his home where he was. The final example of a subliminal message in Island Man is emerald island," the word emerald can be interpreted in different ways; I feel that it could have been used to show two things.

  2. How does Shakespeare use dramatic devices in Act 3 Scene 1 of Romeo and ...

    There is a dramatic impact on the exit of Tybalt when he wounds Mercutio, as he shows no sign of condolence or gratitude and doesn't show any sympathy for killing another person and he just scuttles away, Away Tybalt (with his followers), he doesn't care that much about his fate.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work