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The Chimney Sweeper By William Blake Poem Analysis Unlike the one in Songs of Innocence The Chimney Sweeper in Songs of Experience is very dark and pessimistic This poem also seems to be very judgmental and gives motives for everything but unlike Song of Innocence the sweeper in this poem does not free himself from his misery In the first two lines Blake gives us an image of an anguished child in a state of agony or even in a state of corruption The color black seems to be very important because it is used to represent sin against innocence the color of the white snow Blake also shows the same child weeping when he really means to say sweeping because that is what has that child in such grief This stanza ends by someone asking him about his parents which later end up being responsible for this childs state In the second stanza the child is pictured in a very more happier and playful mood This soon changes when he decides to tell the stranger more about his parents They are showed to be punishing their child for being so happy by clothing in clothes of death and teaching him to sing notes of woe It is very obvious the sweepers feels hate towards his parents for putting him in such sadness but instead he chooses to hide it by making himself look happy and satisfied It is clear in the last Stanza that Blakes criticizing the Church especially and the state for letting a lot of these things happen During this time many children were dying from being either worked to death or from malnutrition Neither the state or the church did anything to stop this and is obviously why Blake feels so much anger towards them The sweepers parents are really no help towards their own child This makes the reader wonder if they are worshipping god the
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