Poem - The Chimney Sweeper

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Poem - The Chimney Sweeper

  1. 1. THE CHIMNEY SWEEPER (SONGS OF INNOCENCE) BY WILLIAM BLAKE
  2. 2. GROUP MEMBERS : TAN VI LER YOUNG POH PING TING NGIIK YING YII WAN JIUN
  3. 3. BACKGROUND OF POET
  4. 4. William Blake 28 November 175712 August 1827 A boldly imaginative rebel in both his thought and art. An English poet, painter and printmaker. He combined poetic and pictorial genius to explore life.
  5. 5. BRIEF OVERVIEW
  6. 6. 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 the chimneys. 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.
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. Symbolism lamb • Innocence • Hardship faced by coffin of black sweepers Angel who had • Person who gives hope to a bright key the sweepers
  9. 9. Green • Growth, fertility and spring Wash in a river • Clean away the sin Rise upon cloud • A lift from lower class positions to upper-class Bags • Figurative emotional baggage of their soot-filled experiences
  10. 10. Metaphor As Tom was a-sleeping Tom was having a moment of peace, disconnected for a while with the real and chaotic world.
  11. 11. Simile 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).
  12. 12. Alliteration • 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.
  13. 13. Onomatopoeia • “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, they run” represent happiness and joyfulness
  14. 14. TONE AND MOOD
  15. 15. TONES Helpless • The poet was sold to be a chimney sweeper when he could merely speak. Critical • The children were too young to sweep the chimneys.
  16. 16. 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.
  17. 17. Theme of Social Injustice

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