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The Chimney Sweeper

In this part of “The Chimney Sweeper” I think that Blake hows us that even though this was written in 1788 that we shouldn’t be bothered by the small things in life. “The Chimney Sweeper” also gives you a sense of spirituality as well when the speaker speaks of the dream that Tom Dacre. And so he was quiet & that very night As Tom was a sleeping, he had such a sight! That thousands of sweepers, Dick, Joe, Ned, & Jack.

Were all of them lockd up in coffins of black And by came an Angel who had a bright key And he open’d the coffins & set them all free; Then down a green plain leaping, and laughing, they run, And wash in a river, and shine in the sun. Blake 13) In these two stanzas of the poem Blake is showing us that the Tom Dacre is dreaming that he and fellow chimney sweepers have died, and are in black coffins which the black coffins could have represented them laying in soot. But the Angel comes and removes them from these coffins and released them from the filth and the all the baggage they once carried.

This next stanza of the poem shows me that the Angel is giving them hope that in the end things will get better. Then naked & white, all their bags left behind have They rise upon cloud and sport in the wind; And the Angel told Tom, if he’d be a good boy, He’d God for his father & never want joy. And so Tom awoke; and we rose in the dark, And got with our bags & our brushes to work Tho’ the morning was cold, Tom was happy & warm; So if all do their duty they need not fear harm. (Blake 13) If I could compare this part of the poem I would have to compare it to when Jesus awakens Lazarus from the dead after being buried for four days.

Because when Jesus arrived at Bethany, Mary and Martha did not know what He was going to do. Mary knew that Jesus was sent here from God and that she was told that er brother was not going to die. Jesus told her that he is not dead but that he is only sleeping and that he has come to awaken him. Because in actuality Mary and Martha did not know what Jesus meant by saying that he would awaken him, they was under the impression that it would be in the final days that he would be awaken. So when Jesus awakened Lazarus many people put their faith in Jesus.

So in these last two stanzas the speaker shows us that in Tom’s dream he is told by the Angel as long as he does his duty in life he should fear no harm. I feel this art of the poem shows innocence in a way that Tom didn’t ask to be put in that situation as being a chimney sweeper but now he has the strength to endure all things because he knows not to fear harm. “-rhe Chimney Sweeper” in the Songs of Experience is the complete opposite of Song of Innocence in a way so that the speaker in this poem is very aware of the child’s surroundings and speaks out against those things.

In the first stanza alone you get a sense that the speaker is livid of the child situation when he says: A little black thing among the snow, Crying “weep! weep! ‘ in notes of woe! “Where are thy father & mother? say? ” “They are both gone up to the church to pray. (Blake 34) interpreted this as the speaker feeling that why would any parent leave their child cover in soot and in the cold to fend for themselves while at church. I almost get a sense that the speaker doesn’t think that church is that important for a child to be left alone.

And when Blake writes this next stanza: “Because I was happy upon heath, “And smil’d among the winter’s snow “They clothed me in the clothes of death, “And taught me to sing the notes of woe. Blake 34) Instead of the child having some type of hope that things will get better it’s the total opposite as if the parents have given him all that they can and are leaving him to die, and they are only at church praying to ask God for forgiveness in my opinion.

In the last stanza of the poem Blake shows us that the child is happy and has enjoyed his life that the parents have given him and that he is at peace with what is going on but the speaker thinks otherw. ‘ise. “And because I am happy & dance & sing, “They think they have done me no injury, And we are gone to praise God & his Priest & King. ‘Who make up a heaven of our misery. ” (Blake 35) think that the speaker is almost criticizing God for letting these people practice this kind of treatment to other people.

I think that the undertone of this stanza from the speaker is what God would let such a thing happen toa child. think that this is where we get the experience from because the child in the poem is not afraid of his situation and he doesn’t have a support system like Tom did in Songs of Innocence. I think that the child in this poem already had a relationship ith God and was not afraid to die because he knew he had did what was set out for him to do.

I think that “The Chimney Sweeper” poem in Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience is Blake lets you make your own interpretation of what’s innocence and what’s experience. think that Blake wrote these poems so that we as readers can understand what we are reading and two come up with our own conclusion. I think that the way one would interpret innocence and experience would be by what they believe in, because someone that believes in God may interpret these poems totally different than someone that is Atheists.

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