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William Blake's The Chimney Sweeper (Songs of Innocence)

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Lucas Van Deusen

on 9 January 2013

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Transcript of William Blake's The Chimney Sweeper (Songs of Innocence)

The Chimney Sweeper
By: William Blake Was William Blake's The Chimney Sweeper influenced by his time period? Presentation By: Lucas Van Deusen Background of William Blake's life -Many things were going on during Williams life. Historical Time Period of Williams Life ................................(1757-1827)................................. The Chimney Sweeper: Analysis Citations -http://www.google.com/imgres?q=chimney+sweeper&um=1&hl=en&safe=active&sa=N&gbv=2&tbm=isch&tbnid=Pst9Gh1S0B-PnM:&imgrefurl=http://doversociety.homestead.com/sweeps.html&docid=40Mh6jYXERLkrM&imgurl=http://doversociety.homestead.com/Sweep_boy__TN.jpg&w=276&h=294&ei=r-zRUP7uC8KB0AGk2oGYCw&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=378&sig=115676937989394366063&page=1&tbnh=141&tbnw=132&start=0&ndsp=33&ved=1t:429,r:26,s:0,i:150&tx=67&ty=29&biw=1280&bih=768&surl=1 -http://www.google.com/imgres?q=chimney+sweeper&um=1&hl=en&safe=active&sa=N&gbv=2&tbm=isch&tbnid=6imfxDS8W54bzM:&imgrefurl=http://activerain.com/blogsview/1968006/two-chimney-sweeps&docid=5n4rlb0sh5_2WM&imgurl=http://activerain.com/image_store/uploads/7/5/8/5/6/ar128969400265857.jpg&w=326&h=720&ei=r-zRUP7uC8KB0AGk2oGYCw&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=1009&vpy=302&dur=1187&hovh=334&hovw=151&tx=90&ty=254&sig=115676937989394366063&page=2&tbnh=149&tbnw=67&start=33&ndsp=43&ved=1t:429,r:7,s:33,i:199&biw=1280&bih=768&surl=1 -William Blake was born on 1757 and died on 1827. -He grew up and lived in London for most of his life. -William was the second of five children and was told to be the smartest out of them. -Also grew up working in his families haberdashery shop where he then opened a small printing shop next to it. -He was married and taught his wife on how to read and write. She soon developed a love for poetry herself. -As a young adult he went to school at his local Academy of Arts in London where he then became an excellent engraver. -William Blake died on 1827, suffering from biliary cirrhosis. Many of his famous poems are still being read today. -The French Revolution took place 1789. Many countries surrounding France were effected by the uprising. -The economy was rather good during the time period of his life. -The Industrial Revolution was quickly spreading across countries providing large amounts of jobs and cheaper products from mass production. -New technologies were introduced such as trains, factories, interchangeable parts, telephones and more. -Some problems regarding child labor laws arose during these times. The Chimney Sweeper is based on the struggles child labor brought to the children of his times. -The speaker of this poem is a small boy who was sold by his father to work when he was still young.
Q: "And my father sold me while yet my tongue could I scarcely cry, Weep! Weep! Weep! Weep!" (lines 2-3) -The poem explains the main struggles the children have as chimney sweepers. -It ended with the kids waking up from a dream that things would go better for them at work for children in the future.
Q: "And got with our bags & our brushes to work. Tho' the morning was cold, Tom was happy & warm." (lines 22-23) -The quote above also shows the theme of hope that develops throughout the poem. -Rhyming was used as a primary literary device.
Q:"When my mother died I was very YOUNG, and my father sold me while yet my TONGUE." -William Blake was using AA,BB,CC,DD,EE,FF, as his style of rhyming because he wanted to make it easy for people to sing to it. (Cont.....) -The main type of conflict in this poem could be man vs. society. -Facing child labor during the Industrial Revolution. -Children were forced into work the support families during the tough times the lower class went though.
Q:"When my mother died i was very young, And my father sold me yet my tongue." (lines 1-3)
E:This quote shows that the boy was forced into labor by his dad to support the family. -The Chimney Sweeper was written to inform the struggles children went through during the industrial revolution. -William Blake also wrote a poem called the French Revolution. It was about the struggles the French people went through during the revolt. http://www.google.com/imgres?q=child+labor&um=1&hl=en&safe=active&gbv=2&tbm=isch&tbnid=0qrPq4jt4tp2NM:&imgrefurl=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_labour&docid=i5Td3zuQIetNMM&imgurl=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7b/Coaltub.png&w=282&h=171&ei=C-3RUIeZA6TU0gH404DADg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=541&vpy=299&dur=450&hovh=136&hovw=225&tx=148&ty=89&sig=115676937989394366063&page=1&tbnh=123&tbnw=203&start=0&ndsp=24&ved=1t:429,r:8,s:0,i:94&biw=1280&bih=768&surl=1 http://www.google.com/imgres?q=french+revolution&um=1&hl=en&safe=active&gbv=2&tbm=isch&tbnid=2_NZetI0hRvUpM:&imgrefurl=http://www.historyguide.org/intellect/lecture13a.html&docid=qsYF0dKOzN2wRM&imgurl=http://www.historyguide.org/images/jan21_1793.jpg&w=363&h=243&ei=eu3RUJjrJ8an0AHlrYGQAQ&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=778&vpy=452&dur=645&hovh=184&hovw=275&tx=94&ty=170&sig=115676937989394366063&page=1&tbnh=152&tbnw=215&start=0&ndsp=24&ved=1t:429,r:22,s:0,i:138&biw=1280&bih=768&surl=1
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