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The Chimney Sweeper From Songs of Innocence William Blakes Songs of Innocence comprises songs of happy cheer about field and flower hill and stream and the innocence of child and lamb as seen through the eyes of a child World Book vol2 pg 314 In one excerpt The Chimney Sweeper Blake through religious symbolism gives the image of an innocence child living a life of hardship and grief that gains comfort from the knowledge that God will deliver him to a better life in heaven The image of this child who cried when his head that curled like a lambs back was shaved gives the impression of the sacrificial lamb sacrificed into a life of hardship poverty and early death The child dreams of an Angel who had a bright key and he opened the coffins and set them all free an angel who carried the word of God and of eternal life The river that they wash in is symbolic of the baptism that cleanses away their sins and shine in the Sun represents shining in Gods light The Angel told Tom if hed be a good boy live by the word of God hed have God for his father and never want joy he will be at peace When the child awakens from his dream although the morning was cold he is happy and warm carrying the love of God within him comforted by the knowledge that God will protect him from harm as long as he believes Blakes poetry emphasizes the spiritual rather than physical reality of life New Standard Encyclopedia B-281 Although the poems in Songs Of Innocence are charmingly lyrical written with almost childlike simplicity they carry a powerful spiritual message of God B-281 The Chimney Sweeper gives hope to a child living in a world of poverty where there is virtually no hope Bibliography Works Cited Blake William
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