William Blake’s “The Chimney Sweeper,” written in 1789, tells the story of what happened to many young boys during this time period. Often, boys as young as four and five were sold for the soul purpose of cleaning chimneys because of their small size. These children were exploited and lived a meager existence that was socially acceptable at the time. Blake voices the evils of this acceptance through point of view, symbolism, and his startling
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This provokes sympathy and realization in the reader causing them to see the evil that has been accepted for so long.
Blake remained a pioneer of his time by realizing the evils within his society and voicing them to other through his poetry. This is accomplished through his use of point of view, symbolism, and irony. Because of Blake’s poetry, maybe some people realized how terrible of a life these young chimney sweepers lived.