THE CHIMNEY SWEEPER WILLIAM BLAKE SONGS OF INNOCENCE (SEEN POEM)SONGS OF EXPERIENCE (UNSEEN POEM)
THE CHIMNEY SWEEPERSONGS OF INNOCENCE (SEEN POEM)
•dilemma of child laboring MEANING •A young chimney sweeper recalls his life from a baby growing as a chimney sweeper •Also recalls a dream of his fellow chimney sweeper, Tom Dacre • the characters did not noticed the injustice done towards them • lamb’s back (line 6)- because a lambs back is white and IMAGERY not yet been contaminated with dirty colors such as black • coffins of black (line 12)- portrays the chimney(shaped as a coffin and black again shows danger),’coffins’ shows the image of death • river, sun (line 16) • Positive-songs of innocence is about the optimistic feeling TONE •Hope, innocence and optimistic personality- Blake shows that in life we must have hopes even though there are a lot of challenges ahead of us •Num of line-24STRUCTURE •Num of stanza-6 •Rhyme scheme-aabb- same throughout the poem because blake’s style of writing is similar as a song •Alliteration-so your chimneys I sweep & in soot I sleep”LANGUAGE (line 4), “as Tom was a sleeping he had such a sight” (line 10).
THE CHIMNEY SWEEPERSONGS OF EXPERIENCE (UNSEEN POEM)
• reveals on the poet questioning about his fate MEANING •Most of the words used are negative implicating the state of agony and suffering • In the final words he blames the church and the king for they have cover all of the miseries endured by the chimney swepers •Little black thing(line 1), clothes of death(line 7) IMAGERY • light and dark- blackened by the cruelty of men and their sin is contrasted by the whiteness of the snow • Negative TONE • a much darker tone than the first poem •maturity •More dramatic •hatred and forced •Num of line-12STRUCTURE •Num of stanza-3 •Rhyme scheme- aabb,abab,abab •Alliteration-“crying”’weep,weep,” in notes of woe!”LANGUAGE
THE CHIMNEY SWEEPER THE CHIMNEY SWEEPER (SONGS OF INNOCENCE) (SONGS OF EXPERIENCE) SEEN POEM UNSEEN POEM• DO NOT AGREE •AGREE• BECAUSE THE POET PORTRAYS THAT • THIS VERSION OF THE CHIMNEYTHE BOYS(THE CHIMNEY SWEEPERS) SWEEPER SHOWS A MORE MATUREARE JUST ACCEPTING THEIR FATE EXPRESSIONSLIVING IN INJUSTICE • THE THOUGHT OF THE PARENTS•THE FATHER ALSO BEARS TO SOLD HIS LEAVING THE CHILD TO GO TO CHURCHOWN CHILD FOR MONEY AND PUTS SHOWS THAT THE PARENTS ARE THETHE CHILD’S ENTIRE LIFE IN SOOT AND ONES TO BLAMEDIRT OF SLAVERY • THE POET ALSO SHOWS THE HATRED TOWARDS THE CHURCH AND KING WHO PRETENDS THAT EVERYTHING IS FINE AND FOR CLOSING THEIR EYES TO “OUR MISERY ”