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William Blakes Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience William Blake finds many ways to lead the reader of his poems to an understanding of what he as an artist is trying to convey through his words Blake frequently uses distinguished words and images to establish vibrant pictures in the mind of the reader In Blakes Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience he also uses unique engravings to depict the transformation of the Western world in an era of intense social change where people began to challenge political powers and Christian theology Songs of Innocence and Experience are contradictory to each other Innocence as a whole depicts a bright and pastoral setting a world free from sin guilt and the harms of evil much like the times of youth Where as Experience emphasizes on a world of cruelty jealousness and possessiveness best represented by adulthood The Chimney Sweeper in Songs of Innocence tells the story of a young boy by the name of Tom Dacre who worked as a chimneysweeper order to help support his family after his mother had died This poem is mirrored in Songs of Experience yet the second version tells of a boy that learns a much more pertinent lesson Blake makes a comparison between the chimneys being swept by the children and coffins of black Blake 12 and when the children wash in a river and shine in the Sun Blake 16 they resemble angels frolicking in the clouds The soot is represented by the social belief that these children are to dirty and to uncleanly to enter heaven In reference to the written lines of the poem the engraving shows bright and joyous colors At the bottom of the engraving there are the young boys painted in white nude figures running and dancing on the green plain which could possibly be the Garden of Eden The angel at the bottom of the engraving is releasing boys from
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