Could I have an explanation for every stanza of "The Chimney Sweeper"?

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kwoo1213 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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Here you go!

  • In the first stanza, the narrator says that he was sold by his father in order for him to be a chimney sweeper at a VERY young age.  He could not even pronounce SWEEP yet.
  • Tom Dacre is introduced.  He is a fellow child chimney sweeper.
  • Tom had a dream about thousands of chimney sweepers in this next stanza.  They were lying in coffins and were locked in.
  • In the next stanza, an angel came and opened all of the thousands of coffins and set them free.  They all were placed in a river to clean themselves (chimney sweeping is a very dirty job!!).
  • Next, the chimney sweeps are lifted to Heaven to be with the angels and with God.
  • In this final stanza, Tom and the narrator must go clean chimneys.  Tom is happy because of his pleasant dream, and the narrator points out that if they simply keep doing their jobs, they will be rewarded, despite it being very dangerous for anyone, let alone children!
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manoranjanghadei | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

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here your explanation for every stanza of "The Chimney Sweeper"

The poem is written by william blake .

In the first stanza the narrator tells about a young boy named tom dacre who lost his mother at a very young age and his father sold him as an apprentice to a man who orders that tom should become a chimney sweeper at a very young age.He could not even pronounce SWEEP yet.toms hair must be shaved and this makes him upset.the narrator tells him this is really a comfort so that his hair does not get covered with soot.

In the next stanza the narrator tells that tom dreams about thousands of sweeper who have died due to profession .They were lying in coffins and were locked in.then an angel comes and opened all of the thousands of coffins and set them all free.They were all laughing leaping and runningi an green plain .They all were placed in a river to clean themselves.

In the next stanza they all get naked and left annd left their bags which consists of brush and other material which were useed for cleaning the chimney were all left behind and they all played joyfully in the sky .Next an angel tells that if tom would do his duty properly he will be rewarded and he would have god as his father.

In the final stanza tom awoke early in the morning and the narrator must go cleaning chimneys .Though the morning was cold but tom was happy and warm because he remebered the pleasant dream and the narrator tells that if they keep simply doing their work and obey others ,they will rewarded and tom dacre could have god as his father.

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