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Descriptioncomparing 2 poems by william blake
The Chimney Sweeper
By William Blake
The Chimney Sweeper by William Blake is a short poem evoking feelings and experiences of a young boy and his friends working as Chimney Sweepers.During his time,Blake was not popular among people so much of his time he spent in isolation.His preocupation was childhood.Blake wrote The Chimney Sweeper of songs of innocence in 1789.The setting of this poem is in eighteen century London where it was quite common to find parents selling their children and forcing them to work as chimney sweepers.These children were young,four,five years of age,because small children could fit in the narrow chimneys which needed cleaning.In 1788 there was an attempt to improve working conditions of these young children because they were poorly clothed and fed.They would usually sweep the chimneys naked so that their masters would not have to give them new clothes.They were also rarely bathed.Those who were not killed by fire in the chimneys usually died early anyway of either respiratory problems or cancer.These children were outcasts in society because they were so dirty,ugly and with disfigured bodies.This poem uses simple AABB rhyme scheme.Poem is written from the perspective of innocent young boy who has not yet lost hope or optimism.He sees his situation through the eyes of innocence and does not understand the social injustice.This poem is about young Chimney Sweepers,Tom and unknown narrator.The narrator is a Chimney Sweeper whose mother died and was sold by his father at such a young age that child could not even make a proper sound.He has been enslaved before he had become aware of the social injustices.
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