rebel in both
his thought and
to explore life.
This poem is narrated by the poet
himself. First of all, he tells us a little bit
about his childhood. When his mother
passed away, his father sold him for
money to become a labour who swept
Next, he introduces a fellow called Tom
Dacre who was also a chimney
sweeper. Tom cried because his hair
was shaved to prevent soot from
infesting it. He felt depressed of his job.
At night, Tom dreamed that
thousands of chimney
sweepers were locked up in
black coffins (symbolize the
hardship they faced).
However, an Angel succeeded
to set them free. The Angel told
Tom to be a good boy so as to
become the child of God. The
following day of his dream, he
became optimistic towards what
he had to suffer.
• Hardship faced by
coffin of black
Angel who had • Person who gives hope to
a bright key
• Growth, fertility and spring
Wash in a
• Clean away the sin
• A lift from lower class positions
• Figurative emotional baggage
of their soot-filled experiences
As Tom was a-sleeping
Tom was having a moment
of peace, disconnected for
a while with the real and
That curl’d like a lamb’s back
Comparing the curly hair of Tom with the
back of a lamb.
Both of the two objects share the same
form (the back of a lamb is compound by
lots of curls which are curved in shape).
• So your chimneys I sweep & in soot I sleep
• As Tom was a sleeping he had such a sight
Alliteration of words beginning with the letter ‘s’
Makes the words sound fun and energetic.
• “cry weep, weep ,weep, weep”
deepen the impression of the mother's
death and the crying chimney sweeper.
• “So your chimneys I sweep & in soot I sleep”
represent the sound like a brush
repetitiously scraping a chimney wall.
• “Then down a green plain leaping, laughing,
represent happiness and joyfulness
• The poet was
sold to be a
sweeper when he
• The children
were too young
to sweep the
Theme of Innocence
• Represented by Tom and other sweepers.
• They are unaware of the oppression.
• They believe that if they are obedient and do
their duty, everything will be well.
• Tom tends to dream that other sweepers are
being locked in black coffins but an Angel
succeeds to set them free.