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Never Lose Hope William Blake born on November 28 1757 in London is one of the greatest English poets His work is studied today all over the world One of Blakes poems The Chimney Sweeper shows many signs of immortality In this poem immortality can only be reached by maintaining hope in a hopeless world and embracing happiness An example of this is line 20 Hed have God for his father and never want joy Immortality is something people have chased for years and have never been able to capture In Websters dictionary immortality is stated as Not mortal deathless living or lasting forever In The Chimney Sweeper Blake saw immortality in a different sense than Webster states Blake saw immortality as happiness throughout life and the importance of hope The Chimney Sweeper is a great title for Blakes poem The title is a symbol representing the harsh life of a chimney sweeper and his life as a child He states When my mother died I was very young and my father sold me while yet my tongue ln 1-2 This is saying that his mother died when he was young and his father gave him up Blakes unhappiness resembles being mortal in a sense that his unhappiness is like being dead Blake has two meanings when he says So your chimneys I sweep and in soot I sleep ln 4 This line denotes that he is an adult now with the responsibility of being a chimney sweeper Blake is really saying that his childhood was terrible like the work of a chimney sweeper Now Blake introduces a new character into the poem which is Tom Dacre ln 5 In the second stanza Blake is stating the mortality or unhappiness of Tom The authors tone changes for a moment in stanza two when he says Hush Tom never mind it for when your heads bare the soot cannot spoil your white hair ln
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