The Romantic Period

by Jordan Houston-Taylor

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Narrators of the Chimney Sweeper Poems and Words, phrases, or lines revealing narrator's perspective

Songs of Innocence Version

  • Could scarcely cry " 'weep! 'weep! 'weep! 'weep!"
  • And by came an Angel who had a bright key, And he opened the coffins & set them all free;
  • And the Angel told Tom, if he'd be a good boy, He'd have God for his father & never want joy.
  • Tom was happy & warm; So if all do their duty, they need not fear harm.

Songs of Experience

  • Crying "weep! 'weep!" in notes of woe!
  • They clothed me in the clothes of death, And taught me to sing the notes of woe.
  • I am happy and dance and sing
  • gone to praise God and his Priest and King, Who make up a heaven of our misery.

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William Blake's chimney sweeper in Songs of Innocence is different from his chimney sweeper in Songs of Experience. The chimney sweeper in Songs of Innocence is exactly what the title says, he's innocent, and the sweeper gets to see an angel and walk in the meadows. But in Songs of Experience it is more realistic and less innocent, in this version the characters parents abandon him to be at church. These two versions are the way that Blake criticized society by pointing out that kid's parents abandoned them, and larger institutions, such as the church, did too, because everybody's too focused on Heaven rather than what is going on right in the present.