In the second stanza, the readers are introduced to a new character, named Tom Dacre. White is the color of purity and is the opposite of the soot color inside the chimneys. Remember: This is just a sample from a fellow student.
He tells the story of another chimney sweeper, Tom Dacre, who cried when his hair was shaved to prevent soot from discoloring it. Tom is also a young boy, about the same age as the narrator, who also works as a chimneysweeper. This is a poem which describes the rampant bondage labor, child labor, exploitation of children at tender age, and the pitiable condition of the orphaned children or the poor children who were sold by their poor parents. The adolescent diction of the poem is a product of the innocence of the speakers.
Blake utilizes both versions of The Chimney Sweeper in order to present his social critique of society The poem talks about little children having to work as chimney sweepers The second poem is told from the point of view of a realistic adult. Tom and other little sweeper boys rose up from their beds in the dark.
That alone states that their innocence has been taken from them. It was also crucial that the skin tone of the boys was white. Stereotypically, in society, the mother has always been the more caring of the two parents.
From this one can gather that as a young boy chimney sweeping, they get their head shaved. His instincts, like any child in Romantic writing, are positively driven even though, unlike the boys in the Innocence poem, he understands his oppression. All they have to do is obey and do as they are told and when the time comes, they will be able to live freely and happily in that land. In the fourth stanza, the vision is completed.
The reason behind the first person narration is actually simple. The boy states that his father sold him before he could even speak with ease and as if it were nothing unusual.
Whenever anyone gives something a name, that object now holds a greater meaning to that person. Though the morning was cold, Tom was happy and warm; so if all do their duty they need not fear harm. The reader might also assume that Tom may have had anxiety when going to sleep thinking about his life as a chimneysweeper. They suffered from cancers caused by the soot, and occasionally little children terrified of the inky blackness of the Chimneys got lost within them and only their skeletons were recovered. Blake wants to help his readers to feel as if they are the one telling the story. Secondly, Blake includes the boys shining in the sun, which symbolizes brightness and warmth.
The speaker, though, remains determinedly happy.
Both poems are similar in that he uses the actions and view point of the child speaker to express his rage against society, mostly through his verbal irony The large houses created by the wealth of trade had horizontal flues heating huge rooms which could be cleaned only by a small child crawling through them. The poem is in first person, a very young chimney sweeper is exposing the evils of chimney sweeping as a part of the cruelties created by sudden increase in wealth. Through this poem, the poet sheds light on the pitiable condition of the chimney sweepers who were being exploited by their Masters. Now naked and white, the little chimney sweeper boys ride the clouds and play in the wind. Remember: This is just a sample from a fellow student.
The large houses created by the wealth of trade had horizontal flues heating huge rooms which could be cleaned only by a small child crawling through them. This adult speaker fully understands the hardships that the young children are faced with as chimney sweepers. He brings peace to Tom Decree by telling him about his dream of a beautiful and glorious land that they are promised y having God as their father. There was a major contrast in this line from the last. The text in this article is available under the Creative Commons License.