An Analyzation Of The "Chimney Sweeper"

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"The Chimney Sweeper"� In "The Chimney Sweeper" of both the Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience, forgiveness and hatred were the main themes for the poems. Through the Songs of Innocence written by William Blake, it was clearly seen that there were recurring images of innocence such as children and the shepherd and lamb, which represented the figure of Christ. This section was exactly as it sounded, the innocence of the things of the world. In a way, the section seemed as though the things of the world were "innocent,"� as if a child was telling the stories. However, the Songs of Experience was from another point of view. The experiences were retold; however, from a more mature point of view, as if that child had grown up retelling his experiences. "The Chimney Sweeper"� was a poem, which portrayed a lonely child, perhaps Blake himself.

Both sections, the Songs of Innocence and the Songs of Experience contained the poem of "The Chimney Sweeper;"� however, both were similar and different in many ways. First of all, both sections were different in both overall styles and content. From the Songs of Innocence, "The Chimney Sweeper"� was told from a child's view of the world. The child, who was sold off by his father, was still optimistic in life, which showed his ignorance of the world. In the poem, the child told of his sweeper friends, and he reassured them that everyone would be taken care of by God. The poem itself was written in narrative form, like a story being read. Blake used rhythm and rhyme in the poem, where most of the lines in the poem contained eleven syllables. This poem also contained six stanzas, each with four lines.