scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 460
Imagery in The Chimney Sweepers In the poem The Chimney Sweepers William Blake illustrates through striking imagery the mistreatment and awful working conditions of the children Blake emphasizes many literary techniques within the poem The emphasis of similes and symbolism helps reveal the significance of imagery reflected in the poem Setting the mood with illustration of very dark vivid pictures it becomes evident the mistreatment of the children is the poems theme At the beginning of the poem the use of repetition immediately establishes a mood of sadness When my mother died I was very young And my father sold me while yet my tongue Could scarcely cry weep weep weep weep So your chimneys I sweep and in soot I sleep In addition to illustrating the sweeping of chimneys repetition of the word weep gives the impression of a child crying The use of imagery in showing a child crying reveals a dark sad mood which reflects upon the childrens sleeping conditions and in soot I sleep Children are vulnerable and images of a child alone crying and sleeping in soot sets a very dark depressed mood Extremely important to The Chimney Sweeper is the use of similes to create images of mistreatment For instance when Tom Dacre got his head shaved and it curld like a lambs back Blake was implying similarity of the childrens treatment to that of animals However the mood does slightly change when the narrator gives comfort to Tom allowing him to sleep Subsequently the images of Toms dream have great significance in relation to the theme And so he was quiet that very night As Tom was a-sleeping he had such a sight Thousands of sweepers Dick Joe Ned and Jack Were all of them lockd up in coffins of black Images of children all of them lockd up in coffins of black reveals a very dark morbid mood
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA