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The Chimney Sweeper (Experience) Summary & Analysis
by William Blake

"The Chimney Sweeper" is a poem by English visionary William Blake, published in Songs of Innocence and Experience (1794). It is the companion to a poem of the same name that appears in the earlier Innocence collection, and works as a kind of update on the plight of the chimney sweeper—a young boy forced to do the horrible work of cleaning chimneys. Unlike in the first poem, this sweep can take no solace in organized religion—he is too experienced for that. He is so covered in soot that he is barely recognizable, and explains to the reader that society has oppressed and exploited the natural joyfulness of his youth.

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