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How Does Blake Convey His Thoughts And Feelings About The Treatment Of The Children Of The Poor In The England Of His Day?

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How Does Blake Convey His Thoughts And Feelings About The Treatment Of The Children Of The Poor In The England Of His Day? During Blake's life, 1757-1827, many important changes in the world were happening. In France, there was the French Revolution and in Britain there was the Industrial Revolution. During these periods, life for poor children was abysmal. Blake had very strong views concerning this and he conveyed this throughout his poetry and his engravings/artwork. Blake wrote many poems that are famous all around the world. In many of his poems, he displays many themes such as slavery and social injustice. I am going to consider five poems and comment on the poetical techniques he uses. These poems are: "The Little Black Boy", "London", "The Little Vagabond" and "The Chimney Sweeper" in both the 'Songs Of Experience' and the 'Songs Of Innocence'. In his poem "The Little Black Boy" he showed his feelings throughout. This poem is very political because of the way he includes the slave trade in it. This is because, when the poem was published in 1789 when Blake was aged 32, slavery in Britain was still legal and the campaign for it to be abolished was still starting up. Blake questions the Christian religion about what it is actually doing to help children. ...read more.


Boys could have been sold to a chimneysweep from the age of four. They had to climb up chimneys, often with a fire at the bottom to keep them moving. They often died at the age of eight due to bone deformation and smoke inhalation. Girls were often sold to brothels and had to work as prostitutes, "youthful Harlot". You get the feeling from the poem that Blake can feel and 'hear' the children crying out for help, "How the chimney sweeper's cry". Blake had a very anti church persona. He blames the church for not aiding the poor children in their troubles. This is shown in the penultimate stanza, "church appals". Furthermore, he thinks that the parents and the church are evil because it says "black'ning", but also because it was the time of the industrial revolution so it was also black from pollution. Blake blamed royalty for the poor conditions of the young soldiers as it was royalty who gave the final say as to go to war and are therefore responsible for the deaths of these young soldiers, "Runs in blood down palace walls". "And blights with plagues the Marriage-Hearse.", tries to portray the image that in those days if you got married you would probably die from an STD. ...read more.


Blake's poem "The Chimney Sweeper" but in "The Songs Of Experience", is very similar in the way he tries to emphasise his points using poetical techniques. The metaphor "clothes of death" suggests the clothes in which he will later die. In the first stanza, "A little black thing among the snow:" means the chimney sweeper who is covered in soot is standing in the snow while people, who could well be his parents, go into the warm church. In the second stanza, he says he "smil'd among the winter snow:" and "taught me to sing the notes of woe.", telling us that although he is cold and outside, he puts on a bray face and sings to himself to cheer himself up. In conclusion, throughout Blake's poems he uses quite a few poetical techniques to illustrate and emphasise his problem with the world around him. This was that he thought the world was not trying to help poor children, but instead hindering them. Blake showed in his poems many different themes, such as slavery, child labour, poor health and many other problems. In his poem "London", he displayed his thoughts on the lack of freedom, in his poem "The Little Black Boy", he discussed the problems children faced about slave trade and child labour. David Tanner D10F ?? ?? ?? ?? English-Coursework David Tanner D10F 22/03/2009 ...read more.

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