A Little Black Thing Among the Snow

By: William Blake

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William Blake

Born 28 of November 1757, lived in London for a while where he wore poetry and painted. He is acclaimed to be one of the greatest Britain's ever and his works are known around the world as some of the best

The Poem and its Meaning

This poem is about a man who sees something in the snow that tells him about the Lord. Later people put him down but he stays showing no signs of breaking so they think they have done him no harm. He has lost a lot of hope in God and now believes that he is only there to make up a place where everyone's misery is held.

This poem is a chain of poems that talk about innocence and life experiences.

The Poem


The Chimney Sweeper: A little black thing among the snow


BY WILLIAM BLAKE



A little black thing among the snow,

Crying "weep! 'weep!" in notes of woe!

"Where are thy father and mother? say?"

"They are both gone up to the church to pray.


Because I was happy upon the heath,

And smil'd among the winter's snow,

They clothed me in the clothes of death,

And taught me to sing the notes of woe.


And because I am happy and dance and sing,

They think they have done me no injury,

And are gone to praise God and his Priest and King,

Who make up a heaven of our misery."

A Closer Look

"They clothed me in the clothes of Death" (9-10)

This is saying that the people that he involves himself with have "clothed him" or put death in his life. This will lead him down a path of misery.

"And are gone to praise God and his Priest and King, Who make up a Heaven of our Misery" (16-18)

This last part of the Poem talks about how the people who lead him down the path of misery and death have gone of their life with praising God and thinking they are good people but are just praising a God who just leads a Heaven of peoples misery.
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