In many of these poems, Blake uses words like night or dark or light or bright as a way to contrast ideas or characters. However, he doesn't always use the words to mean the same things in the poems. How does Blake employ the "night/light" contrast in the following? "The Little Boy Lost" and "The Little Boy Found" pairing "The Tyger" "The Chimney Sweeper" from Songs of Innocence "The Sick Rose"

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In Blake's "The Little Boy Lost," the concept of darkness is coupled with the image of a father who is not paying any attention to the needs of his lost child:

The night was dark no father was there/The child was wet with dew./The mire was deep, & the child did weep/And away the vapour flew.

Blake's juxtaposition of the absent father and dark night intensifies the loneliness of the child, who seems literally to be not only lost in the dark night of the wilderness but also abandoned by the one person the child should be able to depend upon.  The sense of darkness is enhanced by "the mire," which is inherently dark itself, through which the child is walking.  The dominant impression Blake creates in this poem is darkness, abandonment, loneliness.

The child's redemption from darkness and loneliness is explicit in "The Little Boy Found."  Although he has been, in an ironic use of light,  mis-led by the "wandering light," which should have led him out of the "lonely fen" but fails to do...

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