Upon his arrival, he experienced a disastourous dust storm and later would come across the aftermath of a massacre. The speaker comforts Tom, who falls asleep and has a dream or vision of several chimney sweepers all locked in black coffins. The Innocence version is optimistic whereas the Experience version is dark and realistic where the child is shown to suffer from hopelessness. In the fourth stanza, the vision is completed. Although much greater recognition is given to poets like Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Keats for setting the Romantic trends in the history of English literature, one cannot totally ignore the contributions of Blake in the same regard as he was the one who sowed the seeds of Romanticism through his subjective poetry that vibrated with revolutionary zest and protest against the social evils present during his time that were practiced in the name of politics and religion.
Tom wept when his head was shaved, just as the back of a lamb is shaved for wool. Of course, there are also differences in these areas as well. The thoughts that are expressed in Innocence contrast the thoughts expressed. Chimney sweep, God, Poetry 1218 Words 4 Pages Mathew English 102-37 The Chimney Sweeper In the British Industrial Revolution child labor was next to free. The second stanza contains a metaphor comparing lamb to Jesus Christ.
Here we see the naturalistic world of childhood against the world of corruption. However, at times, older sweeps along with the younger ones also attended the feast. I believe it is overly simplistic to label the poem as mere political satire. Blake here critiques not just the deplorable conditions of the children sold into chimney sweeping, but also the society, and particularly its religious aspect, that would offer these children palliatives rather than aid. His eyes were inflamed; the soot from the chimneys he cleaned irritated them but the fall had brought tears of mirth to his eyes as he pointed at Lamb with a blackish finger to his mother and the mob.
Yet can I endure the jocularity of a young sweep with something more than forgiveness. If it be starving weather, and to the proper troubles of his hard occupation, a pair of kibed heels no unusual accompaniment be superadded, the demand on thy humanity will surely rise to a tester. Welcome to the A to Z Challenge! There are some symbols in the two poems. He is naive and believes that by following the instructions of the adults he will get into heaven. The analysis will cover the poem's figurative language and it's meanings and goals. Limited to 1000 copies Donnelly and Dobkin 476. There are rhyming couplets Posted on 2010-06-01 by a guest.
The newly freed children run through a green field and wash themselves in a river, coming out clean and white in the bright sun. In the Songs of Innocence, this major social issue has been perceived through the eyes of a little boy who takes every misery that his inflicted upon him in his stride with the hopes of a better tomorrow. This is saloop, the much favoured drink of the working class of people like the herb-woman or the gardener, but the chimney sweeper is unable to afford it. His instincts, like any child in Romantic writing, are positively driven even though, unlike the boys in the Innocence poem, he understands his oppression. Footnotes Report from the Committee of the House of Commons on the employment of Boys in sweeping of Chimneys, House of Commons, 1817.
The first stanza highlights the fact that boys as young as five were apprenticed by their parents to master sweepers in what amounted to both child labor and involuntary servitude. The questions are for the lamb, the speaker, presumably a child, asks the animal who has made it. Thank you for leaving a comment!! Red pictorial thin card wraps. Blake, by omitting the first letter of the word sweep in the third verse, seemingly recreates the child's. Note preceding text notes publication to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the author's death. There is a hint of criticism here in Tom Dacre's dream and in the boys' subsequent actions, however.
The first volume of the Songs of Innocence was published in 1789, while the Songs of Experience. At Tavistock he wrote the novels Bleak House, Hard Times, and Little Dorrit. Likewise, institutions of power—the clergy, the government—are rendered by synecdoche, by mention of the places in which they reside. At the end of the poem, Tom is given a message to stay a good boy, which produces conflict in emotion for the reader. There's little Tom Dacre who cried when his head, That'd curl'd like a lamb's back, was shav'd: so i said, Hush tom never mind it for when you head's bare you know that the soot cannot spoil your white hair. An angel arrives with a special key that opens the locks on the coffins and sets the children free. I think the poem could also be a metaphor for Blakes own life as a child however i find it fascinating that this man was never recognised until after he died.
The drink, which is slightly oily, may help to clean the roof of the mouth to which soot clings or perhaps nature had gifted them the sassafras tree as it had dealt them a raw deal in life. It is worth noticing that God has been shown in two completely different lights in these two versions of The Chimney Sweeper. Through this poem Blake criticizes the institutions of the society which exploit small children. And so Tom awoke; and we rose in the dark, And got with our bags and our brushes to work. This story circulated among the visitors to the castle, vindicated Lamb's theory of the chimneysweeper's origin as abducted children of noble descent.