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Setting in The Chimney Sweeper

Setting Examples in The Chimney Sweeper:

The Chimney Sweeper

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"And wash in a river, and shine in the sun...."   (The Chimney Sweeper)

The setting of the dream is an Edenic afterlife. Each of the details Blake chooses suggests a return to a state of grace. The “wash in the river” promises a cleansing of the chimney soot and, more figuratively, a baptismal cleansing of sin. The “shine in the sun” draws again on the metaphor of brightness—the white hair and bright key—as purity. The sun, then, becomes a purifying force.

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