Analysis Of “The Chimney Sweeper” By William Blake

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Literary Analysis Paper

COURSE #: English 102-CO1


Writing Style Manual Used: MLA

Thesis Statement: “The Chimney Sweeper” written by William Blake can easily be confused as
to whether it is a poem about how hard work and faith can bring you to the Lord or how being naïve can be extremely foolish.


I. Introduction

a. Discuss what the poem is about
b. Thesis statement

II. Describe the literal scene and situation

III. Discuss the theme of the poem

a. Discuss the theme/mood of the poem.
b. Discuss the words used to communicate the theme

IV. Discuss how ...view middle of the document...

Upon waking from his dream, Tom is obviously in the same situation as he was before, but he feels better about it thinking that it will all be ok in the end because he will be with God. Reading just this analysis one could probably assume that this is simply a poem about hard work paying off. After analyzing the poem further, the author’s usage of rhyme and last stanza could leave one to feel that the poem is about something else. The poem is easily confused as to whether it is actually a poem about how hard work and faith can bring you to the Lord or how being naïve can be extremely foolish.
The author doesn’t really go in to depth explaining exactly what kind of setting the children are in, but from the very title one can already begin to visualize a subtle blackness. It is more the use of words like “weep, “soot”, “coffins”, “black”, “dark”, and “cold”. These words conjure up certain feelings that when combined with “chimney sweep”, one’s imagination can easily summon up images the author probably felt would be worse than anything he could have wrote. One would most certainly think the combination of this setting involved with children will bring about sympathy for them.
As these words help the reader to visualize a “setting”, they also serve another purpose which would be the mood of the poem. From the very first stanza the child explains how he weeps and sleeps in soot. After reading this small portion, most readers would automatically feel that the poem will probably be a sad one and it sets them up for what is coming.
Once the child begins telling of Tom’s dream, he does change the mood somewhat. One wants to feel happy for him that he is escaping the reality of this evil he is living in. Tom and his friends are with Angels and happy and clean! For what one would think the first time in a long time, if ever, they are feeling safe and warm like they can be children. When the Angel...

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