The Chimney Sweeper by William Blake

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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?


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4 respuestas a The Chimney Sweeper by William Blake

  1. Fermin y Toto dijo:

    1) A man who was an ex C1himney Sweeper
    2) Black: Symbol of death. Winter: death.
    1: Parents of the boy die
    2: People think the narrator is happy, but he is very sad
    4) Where are thy father and mother? say? They are both gone up to the church to pray. That the parents of the boy are dead
    5) Sad, Gloomy
    6) That in this poem the narrator is a man and in the other is a poor boy.
    7) This one because is more sentimental.

  2. Titin and Max dijo:

    a) The voice is an adult that was a chimney sweeper
    b) black reffering to dead.
    c) The first stanza is talking about his life being a chimney sweeper. the second stanza is criticising the society
    d)”They clothed me in the clothes of death” this is the methaphor we have chosen,the metaphor makes reference to the clothes they use when they were chimney sweepers
    e)The tone is very depressive.
    f)Not much, the only thing that they have in diferrence are that inthis poem an adult is explaining what was to be like a chimney sweeper.
    g)This one because it is explaining his life as a chimney sweeper

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