The Chimney Sweeper

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Last week, we read The Chimney Sweeper from Songs of Innocence and we analysed in class. Today, we are going to work on a second poem written by Blake with the same title.

Take a look at the other poem, under the same title, which appears in his book Songs of Experience

THE CHIMNEY SWEEPER from Songs of Experience

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.”

Task: 1 Watch the video

This video will help you. Take notes in your folder.

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