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Chimney Sweeper Songs Of Innocence And Experience: William Blake

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William Blake's Chimney Sweeper Songs of Innocence and Experience.Everyone is eventually exposed to various types of experiences that result to different consequences such as the loss of an individual’s innocence. William Blake explores this theory through his poems ‘The Chimney Sweeper’ in both ‘Songs of Innocence’ and ‘Songs of Experience’ as he somewhat protests against the living and working conditions as well as the overall treatment of the young chimney sweeps as at the time many viewed the children as subhuman creatures and not having a place within society.
Blake’s poem ‘The Chimney Sweeper’ from ‘Songs of Innocence’ illustrates the life of a young boy who was sold by his father to ...view middle of the document...

Furthermore this quote could also resemble Tom’s desire to go to heaven to be set free and continue his childhood the way a child should. By implementing rhyming couplets throughout the poem it has also further assisted the responder to establish that the speaker is a child as it has given the poem childlike characteristics such as a nursery rhyme. Through Blake’s use of simple sentence structure incorporated with the various poetic techniques it is clear to the audience that he has portrayed innocence through a child’s perspective.
The different aspects of each poem address and compliment the opposing aspects of each of the two poems as ‘The Chimney Sweeper’ from Blake’s ‘Songs of Experience’ the speaker understands the injustice present and speaks against the establishments such as the church that left him deserted.
This is portrayed through the use of juxtaposition in the first line of the poem, ‘A little black thing among the snow’. The white snow is in grim contrast to the dirty chimney sweep. This also reinforces their...

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