Creative Literature-Poetry: Imaginative Literature In Poetry

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Imaginative Literature-Poetry Can changing the mindset the poem is told from change the outlook of a poem? Can two poems with the same topic, written by the same author make you feel two very different ways? William Blake illustrated this to a perfection with the poems “The Chimney Sweeper” from Songs of Innocence and “The Chimney Sweeper” from the Songs of Experience. The two poems have the same concept, but are told from two different perspectives. One with an innocent view of the world and one from someone with the experience of the world. In his two poems he showed two sides of a human’s soul. Songs of Innocence contrast with Songs of Experience from the speaker of the poem to the tone it is told to the imagery each poem possess. The speaker in “The Chimney Sweeper” from Songs of Innocence is innocent blind to the facts of the world. He knows so…show more content…
It doesn’t seem that this child is a chimney sweeper because of poverty because his parents have time to go to church so they aren’t desperate for money. It seems to me that his parents are greedy and didn’t care enough to prevent the child from going through this. I think the child knows this and that’s why he is angry. The child just put on an act to make them think that they are not hurting him and that he is okay. “And because I am happy & dance & sing, they think they have done me no injury: And are gone to praise God and his Priest and King.” (Blake “Experience”). This poem ends with the notion that there isn’t even hope in the afterlife. “Who make up a heaven of our misery.” (Blake “Experience”). His parents are at fault for what they have done to him, but he can’t even look to a higher power for comfort. The tone in this poem is showing that knowledge can be pain. The child is aware of what happened to him and he places his anger on the church and the adults but that doesn’t stop him for hurting. Knowing doesn’t make him
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