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The Masterpiece from William Blake

Chipper Jones ENGL 1102 Final Essay Cierra Winkler December 3, 2010 The Masterpiece From William Blake The Romantic era of literature involved very subjective, personal, emotional, and imaginative writing. In William Blake’s poem “The Chimney Sweeper”, part of his collection from Songs of Innocence, a young boy gives readers some insight into what life was like for people in his line of work. During the late 1700’s and into the early 1800’s, a person’s well-being was determined by the social...

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of irony repeated). Blake emphasizes the sense of naïve. The Chimney Sweeper (Songs Of Innocence) Notes: “The Chimney Sweeper” comprises six quatrains, each following the AABB rhyme scheme, with two rhyming couplets per quatrain. The first stanza introduces the speaker, a young boy who has been forced by circumstances into the hazardous occupation of chimney sweeper. The second stanza introduces Tom Dacre, a fellow chimney sweep who acts as a foil to the speaker. Tom is upset about his lot...

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William Blake

children, The Chimney-Sweeper from the Songs of Experience (1793) is one of his poems depicting the cruelty of the adults during those days towards the innocent children. Some critics have come into consent that this poem was inspired by the protest against the law of exploiting the children as chimney sweeps. Regrettably, the law was slackly enforced and Blake was very bothered by this matter and thought that a great emphasis should be instigated in fighting for the children’s rights. Chimney sweeping...

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Poems of Literature

because of the plot it has. It has a very odd mood to it, and it was a boring, unusual poem to me. Unlike “Lonely Hearts”, I actually liked “The Chimney Sweeper” by William Blake. This poem is very emotional, and it really made me realize how good of a home life I really have. Blake informs in his poem about young boys who spend their life sweeping chimneys, getting filthy from the soot, and not being able to experience a real childhood. It also made me appreciate how kids get treated in today’s time...

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William Blake: a Marxist Before Marxism

In his poem, "The Chimney Sweeper", William Blake displays the despondent urban life of a young chimney sweeper during the coming of the industrial revolution in order to emphasize the theme of innocence through Marxism and to inform people of the harsh working conditions during the times of child labor promoting political reform. William Blake was born in London on November 28, 1757, to James and Catherine Blake. From early childhood, Blake spoke of having visions. He learned to read and write at...

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William Blake: from Innocence to Experience

and extended, in a way, the reader's imagination. The reader can hear and see the poem at the same time. The picture created in our mind is transformed into a visual image. Here are, for example, the illustrations of Blake's well known poems "The Chimney Sweeper" from the Songs of Innocence and Songs of Eperience. We could observe the difference between the presentation of innocence and the one of experience. The first volume of the Songs of Innocence was published in 1789, while the Songs of Experience...

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Blake's Use of Poetry as an Attack on the Hypocrisy of Church and the Wider Establishment That Maintains Poverty

society, such as chimney sweepers and orphans. William Blake, jaded as he was, was a genius and used his poetry to portray his philosophy on life. The use of children is a prominent theme in a number of Blake’s poems. In his two “Chimney Sweeper” poems, one from Songs of Innocence and one from Songs of Experience, Blake show how the 18th Century church called upon children to passively accept their lot and pray to God. From a careful reading of these two “Chimney Sweeper” poems...

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Compare the ways in which Blake and Larkin present the theme of corruption in their poems.

establish a connection with the audience through these different means. The two poets, despite being separated in time successfully convey even to a modern day reader the theme of corruption in their poems, concentrating on Blake’s “London” and “The Chimney Sweep” and Larkins’ “Sunny Prestatyn” and “Mr.Bleaney.” Larkin uses a persona as narrator of the poem “Mr. Bleaney” to introduce the theme of alienation by a corrupt, uncaring society. The narrator becomes the occupant of a room previously rented...

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An Analysis of the Poem, London

figuratively 'chaining up their minds' because they know that they will never be able to achieve their dreams. Another Example is in the third stanza when Blake describes the crying chimney-sweep and then the "blackning church", but is really saying that the church does not want to dirty its hands by helping the soot-covered [black] chimney sweep. Therefore, a "blackning church" is one that helps the common, dirty people, and Blake says that "every blackning church appalls", showing that the aristocracy and...

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Charles Perkins

Blake with its themes of childhood (innocence), human nature and spiritual truth. A third poem is The Chimney Sweeper (Innocence), The speaker of this poem is a small boy who was sold into the chimney-sweeping business when his mother died. He recounts the story of a fellow chimney sweeper, Tom Dacre, who cried when his hair was shaved to prevent vermin and soot from infesting it. “The Chimney Sweeper” comprises six quatrains, each following the AABB rhyme scheme, with two rhyming couplets per...

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