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Thetwo poems "The Chimney Sweeper" and "London" by William Blake, and the twopoems "Tich Miller" and "Timothy Winters" are all on a theme of childhood,however, they are set in different eras and so childhood should be verydifferent. Discuss this, c...

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The two poems "The Chimney Sweeper" and "London" by William Blake, and the two poems "Tich Miller" and "Timothy Winters" are all on a theme of childhood, however, they are set in different eras and so childhood should be very different. Discuss this, comparing and contrasting the poems As a child, William Blake was a loner. He never socialised with other children and sat by himself reading the Bible. His family were very religious, but did not agree with organised religion. This meant that they never went to church and did all their worshipping at home. Blake was always an outsider and he refused to join in with his brothers and sisters. He had visions of angels and God when he was young and he often thought that this was normal for children of his age. This is shown in "The Chimney Sweeper" when he says, "As Tom was a-sleeping, he had such a sight! Blake used to walk long distances across the countryside. He saw London grow and develop over the years, and he hated it. Soon the places he used to walk were taken over by "charter'd streets". ...read more.

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This means that if he prayed, read the Bible and was religious, he would always be happy and would never want anything because he would already have it. The next morning, Tom was "happy and warm" although it was a very cold day. This is because Tom knew that he would be ok, and he had, had a vision and seen God. "So if all do their duty they need not fear harm." Their duty would be to stay pure and be faithful to God. The children had nobody to look after them other than God; this was their only choice. If they stayed true to God, their life would always be good. In the 1950's children should have had a fair chance in life. They had the Welfare State, (introduced in 1945) which meant that there was social security, child benefit, free health, education, dentists, opticians etc. Children should not have been unhealthy or without what they needed. However, this was not always the case. Some parents genuinely did not care about their children and what happened to them. Wendy Cope, and Charles Causley shows this in their two poems "Tich Miller" and "Timothy Winters". ...read more.

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At the end of the poem when the children are saying a prayer for children who are less fortunate than themselves, Timothy Winters seems to be praying for himself because there is not many people that will be worse off than him, this is quite ironic; Timothy does not realise that he is praying for himself and therefore does not know who he is praying for. These last two poems are similar in quite a few ways. Both the children that the poems are about are very unfortunate and have got into a state that they shouldn't because of neglect. Neither of their parents bothers to take them to the dentist or the opticians even though it is free. The four poems are all alike in a sense that the children that they are writing about have/had a hard childhood. There is one direct comparison between Blake's poems and the poems by Charles Causley and Wendy Cope; this is when it says that Timothy Winters "sleeps in a sack on the kitchen floor." This is the same as the children that Blake writes about because he does not have a proper bed to sleep in. ...read more.

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