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Imagery in The Chimney Sweeper

Imagery Examples in The Chimney Sweeper:

The Chimney Sweeper


"That thousands of sweepers, Dick, Joe, Ned, & Jack, Were all of them locked up in coffins of black...."   (The Chimney Sweeper)

Tom’s dream brings forth an important metaphor: the drudgery-filled life of a chimney-sweeper is a kind of death. The blackness of the coffins evokes multiple motifs and symbols to reinforce this view: soot, experience, oblivion. As will become clear, Blake deepens the meaning of the dream.

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