THE CHIMNEY-SWEEPER From Songs of Experience Paraphrase A little black thing among the snow: Crying weep, weep, in notes of woe! Where are thy father & mother? say? They are both gone up to the church to pray. ___ ___ ___ ___ Because I was happy upon the heath. And smil'd among the winters snow: They clothed me in the clothes of death. And taught me to sing the notes of woe. ___ ___ ___ ___ And because I am happy & dance & sing. They think they have done me no injury: And are gone to praise God & his Priest & King, Who made up a heaven of our misery. ___ ___ ___ ___ Stanza 1 Stanza 2 Stanza 3 __________________________________________ ANALYSIS __________________________________________ Alliteration 2. Why do his parents feel “they have done…no injury” to their son? Symbolism “dark things among the snow” (1): 3. How does the child view god, priests, and the king of England? Why? Theme Comprehension and Reflection Compare/Contrast 1. According to the speaker, why do his parents feel it is acceptable to force him to become a chimney sweeper (stanza 2)? How are the two chimney sweeper poems different? What accounts for this difference?