William Blake

(28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827 / London)

The Chimney-Sweeper: When My Mother Died I Was Very Young - Poem by William Blake

When my mother died I was very young,
And my father sold me while yet my tongue
Could scarcely cry 'Weep! weep! weep! weep!'
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Comments about The Chimney-Sweeper: When My Mother Died I Was Very Young by William Blake

  • Michael Walker (8/4/2019 10:40:00 PM)

    Quite a mystical poem, showing what happens to the unfortunate chimney sweeps after
    they die. They are fortunately rescued by an angel, who unlocks their coffins, opening to them the gates of Paradise, where God will look after them. A stunning poem.
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  • (8/23/2006 8:54:00 PM)

    This is not the first time I have read this poem. I think it is amazing. How could you not classify this as poetry? Chimney-sweepers were so common in that era. This was life. Poor children doing jobs for little or no money living with only their dreams. Excellent poem. I find William Blake a great writer. (Report)Reply

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  • (8/14/2006 6:10:00 AM)

    Very boring, tasteless, grim, uninteresting, pathetic, carelessly written, shouldnt be classified as poetry! (Report)Reply

    3 person liked.
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