The Chimney Sweeper Essay

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Child’s Loss of Innocence English 102: Literature and Composition Spring D-19 Linda Kashiwabara L23850100 APA Sixth Edition Outline I. Introduction A. Background on William Blake B. Thesis Statement II. Theme of poem and first stanza III. Use of Simile IV. Use of Visual Imagery V. Visual and Rhythmic Structure and use of alliteration VI. Conclusion A. Repeat thesis statement Thesis Statement Blake uses alliteration, visual imagery, simile, and symbolism in his poem, “The Chimney Sweeper” to illustrate his disgust in child labor conditions. William Blake was born in 1757 in London, England. He married Catherine Sophia Boucher in 1782 to whom he taught to read and write. Blake was an engraver and a great illustrator of other poets works who worked on his poetry when he could. Much of his poetry was written during the Industrial revolution and French revolution. Although William Blake never had children of his own, he was appalled at how children in the work force were treated during this time. Blake uses alliteration, visual imagery, simile, and symbolism in his poem, “The Chimney Sweeper” to illustrate his disgust in child labor conditions. In “The Chimney Sweeper,” Blake brought to light issues regarding child laborers working in dangerous work conditions. The poem begins with the narrator being sold by his father at a young age. Typically in the 1780’s, children were sold as early as six or seven years old. The narrator is so young that he cannot say sweep instead he says “‘weep! ‘weep! ‘weep! ‘weep!” (Blake, 2010). Chimney sweeps work all day long and then lay on the bags of soot at night. The children have no sense of what it means to be a child. Sold at the time that they are supposed to be running and playing with their friends, the ability to think like a child is taken away from them. So therefore,

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