Chimney-Sweeper The Poem Essay

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The Chimney Sweeper William Blake The general mood of the poem enlisted is that of sad positivism, where the persona is seen to have accepted his fate as a chimney sweeper. There are hints of religious principles in the poem, reflecting the importance of the role of religion in the 19th-century society. The persona's sympathy for another character can be felt throughout the poem, and there are indistinct undertones of accusations present in the poem itself. The poet takes on a persona of a young child, who has been sold by his own father into apprenticeship at a very tender age. He tells of his experience and of the people he meets along the way in this fixed, inescapable and bleak future of his, and in the process matures spiritually. Even though simple diction was used by the child persona, a complex and moral message is embedded in the poem. Sold by his own father while he was barely an infant, the persona spent almost his entire life being a chimney sweeper. He was 'sold' into the trade, meaning that this is common practice among the poor at that time. In the third line of the first stanza, "Could scarcely cry 'weep! 'weep! 'weep!' weep!' probably implies that the persona was so young that he could barely understand what was going on. The words "'weep! 'weep! 'weep!' weep!'" could be used in place of the word 'sweep' because the child could not pronounce the word, which once again tells us that the persona was very young when he was forced under circumstances that could not be helped to enter the trade. The following line, "So your chimneys I sweep, & in soot I sleep" reiterates the state of conditions he is confined in- spending his entire life in ashes and dirt instead of having a beautiful childhood, thus indicating the start of his shattered childhood. The word 'your' suggests that the intended audiences of the poem were the adults who engages
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