Tone in The Chimney Sweeper
Use of 1st and 2nd Person: William Blake uses the 1st-person narration to give the poem a personal tone. The readers can readily identify with the speaker. Blake also uses a 2nd-person addressee at the end of the first stanza. This addressee stands in for English society as a whole. Blake uses this voice to lend the poem an accusatory tone, forcing his audience to examine their role in the abuses faced by child laborers.