In 1794 William Blake’s work was known and published as a collection of poems that were put together as one book called Songs of innocence & Songs of Experience. In the collection Blake titles a poem, “The Chimney Sweeper”, and this one is viewed in two ways: Innocence and experience. In the book of innocence Blake shows how poor innocent children are being abused and mistreated during this time era. In Songs of innocence, “The Chimney Sweeper,” is about the way childhood youth is destroyed, taken away or ruined by selfish mean-spirited adults. Innocence to Blake was in a way not even in existence. He always believed that the world of one’s existence was always tainted by experience, from then on poisoned by the surroundings. “And so he was quiet; and that very night, As Tom was-a-sleeping, he had such a sight, - That thousands of sweepers, Dick, Joe, Ned and Jack, were all of them locked up in coffins of Black. (Line9-12) This part of the poem portrays the children who actually had their poor youthful more like youth-less lives lost due to harsh conditions that had to endure of their daily job during this time era. “Then naked and white, all their bags left behind, they rise upon clouds and sport in the wind; And the angel told Tom, if he’d be a good boy, He’d have God for his father, and never want Joy And so Tom awoke; and we rose in the dark And got with our bags and our brushes to work. Though the morning was cold. Tom was happy and warm; so if all do their duty they need not fear harm.”(Line 13-20) The last line means a lot and Blake shows that this child known as Tom has so much hope after having the dream about God. The text is saying that if one obeys God, has faith and trust in him we all know that heaven awaits us along with Joy, magic and unlimited happiness every day that day from on.
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