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Loss of
maternal Stanza One
care
When my mother died I was very young,
Money is to
blame
And my father sold me while yet my tongue
Child like
persona
Could scarcely cry "Weep! Weep! Weep! Weep!"
Reader is
Implicate
d
So your chimneys I sweep, and in soot I sleep.…read more

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Giving
unheard voices
Stanza Two an identity
Innocence, There's little Tom Dacre, who cried when his head
Lambs are
associated
with Jesus
OR Follower
and
That curled like a lamb's back, was shaved; so I said,
impressionabl
e
"Hush, Tom! Never mind it, for, when your head's
bare, Old before
his time
You know the soot can not spoil your white hair."
Juxtaposition of
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Stanza Three
Possible
And so he was quiet, and that very night realization of
how
confined he
is to lifestyle
Masses of As Tom was a-sleeping, he had such a sight! ­
children
affected
That thousands of sweepers, Dick, Joe, Ned and Jack
Adding
identity to
the children
Were all of them locked up in coffins of black.
Who
Dead inside? Chimneys?
locked
them up?…read more

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To possess the
Stanza Four
key must the
angel have locked
them?
Use of
And by came an Angel who had a bright key, adjectives
Death is shows
the only happiness
escape of children
from this And he opened the coffins & set them all free; and how
lifestyle they should
be.
Contrasts
with
Pastoral,Then down a green plain, leaping, laughing they run,"locked up"
idyllic Imagination
setting used as a
contrasts means for
with And wash in a river and shine in the Sun. escapism
"coffins of
black" Sense of
baptism,
children…read more

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Horrors of
Stanza Five life as
chimney
Ascending sweep
to heaven
now they Then naked & white, all their bags left behind,
are pure
from
baptism
They rise upon clouds, and sport in the wind.
Creates
mistrust for Patronizing
Angel as it
could be
interpreted
And the Angel told Tom, if he'd be a good boy,
that the
church is
telling the
children to He'd have God for his father & never want joy.
deal with it
and they can
have their Indoctrinated by
reward later the church…read more

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