THE CHIMNEY SWEEPER from Songs of Experience
A little black thing among the snow,
Crying “weep! ‘weep!” in notes of woe!
“Where are thy father and mother? say?”
“They are both gone up to the church to pray.
Because I was happy upon the heath,
And smil’d among the winter’s snow,
They clothed me in the clothes of death,
And taught me to sing the notes of woe.
And because I am happy and dance and sing,
They think they have done me no injury,
And are gone to praise God and his Priest and King,
Who make up a heaven of our misery.”
Answer: this will help you
a. Who is the voice?
b. What symbols can you find?
c. Explain each stanza.
d. Find a metaphor and explain it.
e. What is the tone of the poem?
f. How different it is from the other poem we read?
g. Which one do you prefer and why?