Monday, March 11, 2019

Compare and Contrast ‘The Chimney Sweeper from Songs of Innocence and Experience’ Essay

however though, a hundred and s steadyty nine years later, equivocation in his grave, William Blake is p each(prenominal)iate wiz of the best put to works in poetry and even daily spiritedness history today. Blakes work, unrecognised during his lifetime, but now is more or less universally considered that of a genius. Northrop Frye, who undertook a study of Blakes entire opus, What is in proportion to its merits the least read body of poetry in the incline Language. Blake was born into a middle class family in 1757. The bible, being one of the most worshipped yet most feargond artefacts in Blakes time, was his biggest influence in his work, and was to be his biggest influence until the day he died.As Blake full-blown into a budding poet, artist and engraver, his parents were with him every step of the way. In 1782, Blake unite Catherine Boucher, a girl he respected, loved, needed and most importantly, shared a passion in his work. Blake abhorred slaveholding with a passio n, he also believed healthfully in racial and sexual equality, but in Blakes era, two racial and sexual equality was as nifty as insurmountable. As all men are alike tho infinitely various. William Blake. Blake believed that whiteness and experience were the two contrary states of the human soul, and that true white was impossible without experience.The disastrous end to the French revolution caused Blake to lose faith in the goodness of mankind. As phantasmal as Blake was, he believed there was several(prenominal) kind of bad side to worship he believed that electric razorren lost their innocence through exploitation from a religious community that put belief before mercy. In this essay I will explain wherefore Blake believed that religion caused a corruption in the innocence of children and also I will compare both innocence and experience lamp lamp chimney carpet sweeper numberss and see how different they are to each other, and how similar they are in a differen t sensation.Songs of innocence contains poems written from the perspective of children or written about them, children being a key meaning of innocence.In The Chimney carpet sweeper from Songs of Innocence the whole thing is basically a analysis of Blakes hates, Child Slavery, Death and the Dark Side of Religion. It also includes a lot of description of baleful imagery, black representing the pornography. In stanza one, it tells us the invention of when the child (who is tattle us the poem) is brought into life, and sold off when he could s tummytily cry, and brought up into a life full of poverty, and poor living. Blake ends the first stanza with a very harrowing way, so your chimneys I sweep and in soot I sleep. This line is say to make readers pure tone tense, as if to think, these children must(prenominal) have had a hard life.In the second stanza, Blake describes a immature boy in the name of tom Dacre, about how he cried when he got his head shaved, his hair curle d like a lambs back. The fourth line, Hush, turkey cock Never mind it, for when your heads bare, you know that soot roll in the hay no longer spoil your white hair. This gives out a sense of a childlike like security, full of pure innocence, yet strong in emotion as the young fabricator comforts pocket-sized Tom. Toms white hair, that curled like a lambs back has some sort out of message in it, lamb and white mean pure and innocent, perhaps this is showing the innocence in these little children.In The third stanza, Tom goes to sleep and has a frightful dreaming that all of the chimney sweepers were guile in locked black coffins. This is telling us that Tom is scared he feels locked up, he cannot show his inner self, and he wants out. The fact that his friends were in these coffins shows his fears, that he fears lo tattle the sole(prenominal) people he can love in his life. The coffins of filthy could represent the fact that the whole poem, is about chimney sweepers, and the colour black is related to them. Black is also a colour of fear, death and evil, this represents the life in the times of chimney sweepers.In the fourth stanza, His dream takes a turn, and an angel opens all the locked black coffins with a golden key, and all the chimney sweepers are set free. They are able to cleanse themselves in the river and lend in the bright sun. Dreams represent something they represent messages and meanings, and even can endure reality at some point later in life or even soon after the dream has occurred.This dream that this child had, is a message of power, but also comfort at the good turn point, it is saying that it is all going to be okay, the bright key is telling us that tom wont be locked in this embrace for his life, and the brightness level encourages warm and strength for him to keep going, then down a leafy vegetable plain leaping, laughing as they run and wash in a river, and shine in the sun. this is showing that there will be good times in his reality. They are able to forget for a split second about their lives that are doomed with work and poverty.In the fifth stanza, it says still dreaming and playing among the clouds Tom is told by the angel that if he is good, divinity will always take care of him. Tom then awakes from the dream, and though his situation has not changed, tom does as hes told to, and in his heart understands that everything happens for a reason. The nakedness of the children could represent vulnerability.In this poem, these childrens main source of TLC is God, god is their parents, their teacher and their love, after a dream Tom is confronted by the fact that God is his father and he no longer feels alone. Even though tom has been plunged into this chimney sweeping work he doesnt want to do, he knows he has no choice, in force(p) to grin and bare it, and now he can do what the narrator did to him, comfort others in hard times and not neglect them in moments of tribulation, and he can say he actually understands how they feel.The Chimney carpet sweeper from Songs of last. This poem clearly denounces the church, where are thy father and mother, say? They have both gone up to the church to pray. This childs parents have left wing this venerable little thing in the cold, crying, full of soot, wanting love.In stanza two, it describes this child as being happy, why happy? Because it feels free. They clothed me in the clothes of death these clothes of death is the clothing of a chimney sweeper, that is the impact on this child, thats what Blake is telling us, that being a chimney sweeper at such a young age, can kill. And taught me to sing the notes of woe this could emphasize the lords prayer, or some form of holy/religious prayer or hymn. The fact that this innocence is pursued by this experience, because of all this religion, compared to The Chimney Sweeper from Songs of Innocence this religion is black, its incontinent, as if its worshipping the devil kinda of god.I n the last stanza, it pieces the whole poem together, the narrator is saying that because I am happy and dance and sing, they think they have done me no injury he is telling us that he dances and sings to keep himself work from thinking of bad things, like the fact that this job he is in is so bad and he has no freedom at all, only the freedom to dance and sing, but it gives people the wrong impression, as if he is happy in this job.And are gone to praise God and his non-Christian priest and king, who make up a heaven of our misery this last sleuthing sentence is implying that they have gone to church, free of these children they gave birth to, and are exulting in their names, the king who is supposed to look after his society, is doing nothing, the childrens parents, who should be there for their children, are praying to god, thinking their children are fine in their jobs, and what this poem is implying, unlike The Chimney Sweeper from Songs of Innocence that god is enjoying the ir pain and misery. Even the churches dont care about these children. Blake scorns not only these childrens parents, but god also, god is the guardian of children, and hes supposed to look after them but actually, they collaborate with these wrong doings and slavery of children.I think both poems are completely different from one another in some ways, like the fact that the moral of these poems are the same, to give us a message that these children are in suffering. except they are completely different in the fact that The Chimney Sweeper from Songs of Innocence is conveying God in a good light, it shows religion is a good thing, and it shows innocence in all these children, and this innocent childish like feeling is there when you read it, whereas, The Chimney Sweeper from Songs of Experience conveys God and Religion, even the King and Parents, in an evil way, it makes us feel ashamed that someone as human as us can do that to a child, and it gives you a sense of experience, like a lamb, as innocent as that is, compared to a gun, how experienced is that? Also the illustration with the poem gives off this sense of evil, with all the black, and the expression of the chimney sweeper is sad, level(p) down, locked up inside.

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