How are the ill effects of industrialization explored in the poem "The Chimney Sweeper"? 

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This poem focuses on the plight of child laborers during the Industrial Revolution. Blake writes in the voice of a child, which lends an immediacy to his words, particularly because the child addresses the reader directly—it is "your chimneys" in which he is forced to work because his father has "sold" him into the service of a chimney sweep.

Blake continually personalizes the children he mentions, which prevents the reader from being able to view them as faceless; Tom Dacre in particular is described in terms which give him a Christ-like aspect, especially in terms of his white hair— suggesting innocence and purity—which curled "like a lamb's back." The other children, in Tom's dream, are also named, but they are in "coffins of black"—a...

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