Essay on The Pit Sweeper And Rosanna Warren 's The Chimney Sweeper

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Every day, the truth is the hardest pill to swallow. Most of the time we open the medicine cabinet and pretend not to see it while we take two tablets of hope and swallow it quick to feel the happier, elating effects faster. It’s much easier to push out the truth than to accept it. These ideas are very clear in William Blake’s “The Chimney Sweeper” and Rosanna Warren’s “In Creve Coeur, Missouri.” Two children in different parts of the world are forced into unimaginable circumstances that can only be escaped through their deaths. With incredibly vivid imagery and specific poetic choices, we easily relate to these characters who have been forced out of innocence into the harsh reality of truth.
Losing innocence is the beginning of our life long struggles to feel like we will be able to get our happiness back. The cliché saying is true: you never know what you’ve got until it’s gone. Blake’s poem begins very bleakly with the death of the narrator’s mother and his father selling him. The narrator ends up becoming a Chimney Sweep and he takes little Tom Dacre under his wing who has unfortunately landed into the same awful condition. In the second stanza the narrator witnesses Tom’s loss of innocence: “There’s little Tom Dacre, who cried when his head / That curled like a lamb’s back, was shaved:” (Stanza 2). The image of Tom crying because he was losing his hair is so vivid. We often take little things like that for granted. Losing his hair wasn’t about vanity; it was a choice…

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