Themes in The Chimney Sweeper

Themes Examples in The Chimney Sweeper:

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"if he'd be a good boy, He'd have God for his father, & never want joy...."   (The Chimney Sweeper)

In these lines we encounter the price of redemption: obedience. Not all can be absolved of sin. The joys of heaven are reserved for “good boy[s]” who follow the rules set before them. One can begin to see the harmful side of the hope for redemption.

"You know that the soot cannot spoil your white hair.'..."   (The Chimney Sweeper)

The metaphors Blake uses in this stanza attune us to the central theme of Songs of Innocence and of Experience: innocence and the loss thereof. While most of the poems in the first half of the collection—see “Spring” or “Blossom”—tell of untouched innocence, “The Chimney Sweeper” introduces the tainting touch of experience.