The Chimney Sweeper by William Blake

The Chimney Sweeper

-Do the same as we did with the previous poem. This webpage will help you.

-What are the differences between the 2 poems?

-Why do they appear in different books?

-Which one do you prefer and why?

Leave a comment with your interesting opinions.

 

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16 Responses to The Chimney Sweeper by William Blake

  1. Flor Andres says:

    1-The first stanza is about someone (the narretor) saying that he saw in the snow a little kid covered in soot that was alone and suffering while his parents were praying in the church.
    Rhyme: Snow-Woe Say-Pray
    Metaphor: “A little black thing”.

    2-The second stanza is about the same adult that his parents sent him to work, they sent him to an early death. He said that because he smiled and was happy it did not mean that he was not suffering. That was the main reason of his sadness.

    Rhyme: Heath-Death. Snow-Woe
    Metaphors: ” They clothed me in clothes of death”. “Sing The notes of woe”.

    The third stanza is about the man criticizing the church and the society because they didn`t care about children’s misery. He also is saying that because he dance, sing and play his parents think that he was not hurt, and that was not true.
    Rhyme: Sing-King

    Voice: Someone (adult)
    Tone: Sad
    Theme: Abandonment

    Questions:
    1-That in the first poem (songs of inocents) the voice is telling the story of an chimney sweeper boy describing his feelings, like his hopeless. And in the second is a boy telling his own story as a chimney sweeper, describing his feelings and criticizing his parents, church and society.

    2-They author putting the poems in to different books he is making know even though they both talk about chimney sweepers he it refers to to different things

    3-We prefer Songs of Innocence because the poem is happier than the other . It teaches you to be hopeful and dream about the things you want.

  2. Anouk LAF says:

    S1- A chimney sweeper is asking for his parents, but they are on church.
    “A little black thing among the snow”➡️Metaphor
    ⬇️
    SYMBOL= seen as cold as negative aspect suggesting passivity, death, ignorance, or evil; black hens are used in witch craft as are black cats.

    S2- They took him to a factory and made him suffer, with more probabilities of death.

    S3- He doesn’t show how he is feeling, so they think he is fine in there, because how he is acting. He says that they go to pray to the people that make their misery.

    1- The difference between the two poems are that, “Songs of Innocence” is from a kid, someone young, and “Songs of Expirience” is from an adult, someone who had already had the expirience of working in a factory.

    2- They appear in different books because, there are two different people, an adult and a young kid, who wrote two different stories of working in a factory.

    3- I prefer “Songs of Innocence” because, first he doesn’t have anything, and because of a dream he has hope, happiness, cheer, and only thinks that in the future he will be in a better place.

  3. Sofi Mele says:

    S1= the black thing was the kid covered in soot criying in the snow. His parents sold him to a factory, and the kids parents were in church praying to god.
    S2= They cloth the kid to the clothes of death
    Simily : the kid was taken to an early death.
    S3= The kid doesn’t work as a chimeney sweeper and pass his life as a happy kid.
    Theme sadness, hope,death and happyness.
    Voice: narrator
    Black=death, darkness.
    White: inocence.
    The first poem have 6 stanzas and the second has 3 stanzas, the second poem is the liberty of the kid.

    Because one is a poem is more larger than the another.

    I prefer songs of expirience because its more easy to analise.

  4. Marquitos Okecki says:

    1) In one the voice is an EX chimney sweepTHE CHIMNEY SWEEPER from Songs of Experience”er” and in the other is a chimney sweeper “The Chimney Sweeper by William Blake” in william blake poem I think the chimney sweeper has more hope
    3)I like THE CHIMNEY SWEEPER from Songs of Experience” becouse I been an ex chimney sweeper do the poem more interesting

  5. Bauti and Rama says:

    1- The diferencie between the 2 poems are that one is more longer and the other diference is that one has more stanzas.
    2- Because one is of songs of experience and the other one no.
    3- I prefer the short one because we have to analize more.

  6. Trini and Abril says:

    The first stanza is about an ex chimney sweeper saying that he saw in the snow a little kid covered in soot that was alone and suffering while his parents were praying in the church.
    Rhyme: Snow-Woe Say-Pray
    Metaphor: “A little black thing”.

    The second stanza is about the same adult that his parents sent him to work, they sent him to an early death. He said that because he smiled and was happy it did not mean that he was not suffering. That was the main reason of his sadness.
    Rhyme: Heath-Death. Snow-Woe
    Metaphors: ” They clothed me in clothes of death”. “Sing The notes of woe”.

    The third stanza is about the man criticizing the church and the society because they didn`t care about children`s misery. He also is saying that because he dance, sing and play his parents think that he was not hurt, and that was not true.
    Rhyme: Sing-King

    Voice: An ex chimney sweeper (adult)
    Tone:Sad, Abandoned
    Theme: Sadness, Harm, Abandonment

    Questions:
    -What are the differences between the 2 poems?
    That in the first poem the voice is telling the story of an ex chimney sweeper boy describing his feelings, like his hopeless. And in the second is a boy telling his own story as a chimney sweeper, describing his feelings and criticizing his parents, church and society.
    -Why do they appear in different books?
    Because the Songs of Innocence version is more happy. The main themes are hope and innocence. Songs of Experience is more sad. The main themes are sadness and abandonment.
    -Which one do you prefer and why?
    We prefer Songs of Innocence version because the poem is happier than the other version. It gives you the expectation that things, if you propose them, can change.

  7. Juana and cami says:

    1) This poem has 3 stanzas,3 methaphors and 1 symbol.

    Stanza 1: A little boy covered with soot in the middle of the snow crying.His parents were at the church praying.

    Stanza 2: His parents had to send his boy to work at a factory and because he was little and smiled all the time they taught he wasn’t suffering.

    Stanza 3: because he was always happy they taught they didn’t do any damage. They went to praise God, his priest and King for this.

    Methaphors: “a little black thing among the snow”in this metaphor black means (a chimney sweeper) cover in soot

    “They clothed me in the clothes of death”it means that his parents sent him to work as a chimney sweeper, they sent him to an early death.

    ” and taught me to sing the notes of woe”
    They taught him how to suffer.

    Voice: An ex chimney sweeper.

    Symbol: Black means death,bad,evil etc

    Tone: Depresing,dark,inocent,optimistic etc

    Theme:innocence and misery.

    2)In this poem it talks about the story of him when he was a chimney sweeper and in the first poem it talks about him working in the factory.Also in the first poem it talks about a dream that he had.

    3)For us they appeared in differents books because they don’t tell the same things.

    4)We prefer the first one because in the dream he dreamed that one day he will be freedom to play with his friends etc and when he woke up he was very happy because he think that the dream is going to became truth.

    • Pat says:

      They appear in different books because of the voice in each poem: a boy-innocent and an-ex chimney sweeper (an adult)- experienced

  8. Viole and Luz says:

    S1- A black kid alone crying in the snow because his parents went to pray.
    S2-They sold him and madd him cry and suffer a lot but however he was happy.
    S3-And because he was happy and playing, they thought that he wasn’t suffering. They thought that he was happy playing like a kid.
    1-The differences are that in the first poem it’s a kis talking about his life and how was he living in it. And in the second one is an adult talking about his experience and how his childhood was.
    2-They appear in different books because one poem is a kid explaining how he was suffering an dreaming, he was innocence. But in the other one it was an adult talking about his experience, how he was treated.
    3- We like more the first one because it was more sentimental and you can understand more how difficult and hurt was life at that times. Also because in “songs of innocence” the kis hopes that someday he would be free and happy, he was innocence.

  9. Belu Brito Peret says:

    1) S1:
    Is about a kid that was sent to the factory by his parent because they need money. The parents of the kids were praying in church for his son.
    metaphor:
    1- A little black thing among the snow. (BLACK: Simbol) It say that was a little boy who cames of a factory, he was a chimney sweeper.
    S2: His parents sent him to work as a chimney sweeper. They sent him to death, he was sufering.
    S3: Kid-Adult
    He’s parents thought they didn’t do nothing to him. Church didn’t do nothing.
    2) The first one say that a child was telling a story of another child and the another poem was telling his story of when he was a child.
    3) Because they are of diferents years.
    4)I prefer the Chimney Sweeper, the first poem we read. Because is a children who have hope, he thought that things can change and they can leave the factory and be a free kid.

  10. Bauti Buljevich says:

    Chimney Sweeper (songs experience)

    First Stanza

    A little young boy among the snow, this boy was covered with soot. He was crying.
    The speaker asked him “where are your parents?”, the boy answered ” my parents has gone to church to pray”.

    Second Stanza

    His parents sent him to work as a chimney Sweeper. They sent him to an early death.

    Third Stanza

    As his parents thought he was happy, they didn’t do anything to him.
    His parents has gone to church to pray when they have abandom a kid. Church and socienty knew about it, but they didn’t do anything.

  11. Tomy Braun and Gonza says:

    Analysis of: The chimney Sweeper

    1st Stanza:

    A chimney sweeper crying covered up with soot and his parents were in the church praying.
    Metaphors:

    -“Little black thing”: a boy covered in soot.
    -“Crying weep weep weep in notes of woe”: crying and suffering.

    2nd Stanza:

    His parents sent him to work to a factory to be a chimney sweeper because they saw him happy and maybe because they needed the money. He was suffering and his parents were sending him to an early death.

    Metaphors:

    “they clothed me in the clothes of death” : they made him work as a chimney sweeper that was an early death”

    3rd Stanza

    His parents thought that his child was not suffering working as a chimney sweeper and they didn´t think that they were injuring him.At that time anyone did nothing to stop this.

    Voice: A man who was chimney sweeper.
    Theme: Sadness.

    Answer to the questions

    1)The difference is that on the first poem the character is still working as a chimney sweeper but the other was an ex-chimney sweeper.
    2)Because one has not finish the chimney sweeper work and the other has just finish that work.
    3)We prefer the first because it is most hopeful that the other.

  12. Alvaro says:

    Stanza 1

    – The person who is talking have seen something little and black crying and saying “weep! weep!”
    – “Little black thing” is a metaphor.
    – It is a chimney sweeper.
    – ” Where are thy father and thy mother! say!” The voice is asking the boy and the boy answers “they are both gone up to the church to pray”
    – It can reffers that the boy is suffering and his parents are in the church praying.

    Stanza 2

    – He was happy and smile a lot, but his parents clothed him in the clothes of death
    -” My parents clothed me in the clothes of death” this is a metaphor. His parents send him to work and taught to sing sad notes.

    Stanza 3

    – ” And because i am happy, and dance and sing
    They think they have done me no injury” He is saying that his parents don’t now they have done any harm to him because he is happy.
    – ” And are gone to praise God and his priest and King
    Who make up heaven of our mistery” His criticizing society and church because they know it but they don’t do anything.

  13. Matías Ripoll and Martín Barletta says:

    The chimney sweepers

    Stanzas:
    1-
    It’s about a Chimney Sweeper who had fell in the snow. It compares the very white color: Snow, with the very black color: Black, the child soot in his body. He was crying, the only thing he knew to do, because of his mother and father who weren’t there with him, they were in the church, praying.
    Alliteration: “Weep, Weep”
    Rime: Snow-Woe. Say-Pray.
    2-
    It’s about the boy who was seen by his father very happy like children are suppost to live. So, they sent him to the terrible job which wasn’t what children should do. They sent him to an early death.
    Rime: Heath-Death. Snow-Woe.
    Metaphor: Notes of woe -Clothes of death.
    3-
    In this Stanza, the boy says that his fathers thought that they didn’t do him any harm to him because he was happy, dancing and singing. But, the boy deep inside was feeling very sad. He was telling this when he was an adult, as an experience.
    Rime: Sing-King.Injury-Misery.

    Theme: Sad-Black-Appearence
    Tone: Feel Happy- Turn into feel bad.

    Answers:

    1- That one was of expierence and the other of Innocence. In the first one the boy felt bad and then he changed his feelings and feel better. And in the second one is the other way side, he first feel happy and then turns into happy.
    2- They appear in different books because they are different: One is of an expierence and the other of Innocence. They have two different tones and meanings.
    3- We both prefer the first one because the boy has no mother at the beggining and then no father and in the end because of a dream he believed that things could change. He has a lot of hope and a lot of happiness.

  14. Luli says:

    Stanza 1: A man saw a kid in the snow crying because his parents were in church and he was alone.
    Stanza 2: His parents were responsible of his sadness.
    Stanza 3: He criticise the society and the church because when he is doing the hard work his parents are in church.
    Luli y Valen

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