The Chimney Sweeper
The Chimney Sweeper by William Blake In the beginning of this course a few weeks ago we where introduced to the romanticism as a movement where the primary idea of it was the individualism, the presence of someone bigger than us (let it be God), the readings were supposed to be inspiring and full hope because this movement was a consequence, a response to the french revolution. And so we began our readings with William Blake an author that wasn’t consider much at his time, but now we can’t relate to the romanticism without relating to him.
The poem that I choose to discuss is “The Chimney Sweeper” from Songs of innocence I have to that “The Chimney Sweeper” from Songs of innocence wasn’t as hopeful as I were to imaging because at the beginning we have child who was 8 years or younger that lost his mother and his father sold him when he couldn’t even speak clearly and we see how resigned with the idea of been a chimney sweeper, but in the poem we have Tom Dacre, that is obviously younger than him and isn’t as quite resigned as the narrator (the other child), who has a dream, a dream that many people will see as something hopeful but I think is just cruel because in the dream they were all dead and for me there is no hope in dead besides what he saw as heaven might not be a beautiful because of what the angel told Tom “And the angel told Tom, if he’d be a good boy,He’d have God for his father, and never want joy” For me is not hopeful because he did not only had to had a life of misery, working hard, dying young or living for a few years missing a hand or a leg, but for a little comfort when he had to be good and then he will have God as his father but what about joy? Isn’t that a important part of been happy, of getting a price, of been in heaven?
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I see the angel in the poem as one of the adult that made the children clean sweepers, and the promise of a better future it was their way to get them to do what they wanted without much hassle and the prove of that is the last stanza “And so Tom awoke; and we rose in the dark, And got with our bags and our brushes to work. Though the morning was cold, Tom was happy and warm;So if all do their duty they need not fear harm”. When the narrator said “So if all do their duty they need not fear harm” for me that’s what tells me that the angel might be someone who they are afraid of, someone that ca be really good when is trying to get something but can be really frightening when the chimney sweeper disobey him.