In William Blake’s poems, “The Lamb,” “The Tyger,” “The Chimney Sweeper,” and “Infant Sorrows,” there is something very blatantly wrong with society. William Blake wrote all of these poems to change society. We’ve seen this when studying many other authors. A very common way to make a change in society is to write poems or stories that make people feel sympathy for the ones who are being oppressed or mistreated. Some do it through satire. Others, like Blake, just write simple poems which clearly criticize society. William Blake saw problems in his society, and used his skills, as a writer, to influence the way people looked at society.
The two poems, “The Tyger” and “The Lamb,” deal with the difference between different types of people. A tiger is a person who goes and gets whatever he or she wants, and won’t let anything get in his or her way. Tigers are the rich people. Lambs ...view middle of the document...
In England, in that time, a chimney sweeper was one of the worst jobs someone could have. Little orphans were usually picked for the job because they were small enough to fit inside the chimneys. Also, they were plentiful and disposable. No one cared when an orphan died. In the poem, the little boy is talking directly to the readers. “So your chimneys I sweep & in soot I sleep.” The tone of this line makes it seem almost as if the boy was accusing those, whose chimneys he swept, for his misery. This surely must have changed the way the people saw chimney sweepers. The poem is so deeply personal that there is no way someone could just brush off the fact that hundreds of children died every day so that the wealthy people could live in comfort and safety.
“Infant Sorrows” is about all of those people who simply will not conform to society. Inevitably, in any culture, there will be those people. They can do a lot of damage to society if they want to. Society can do a whole lot of damage to them. The little infant says that from the beginning, he was fighting to get away. He was “Struggling in [his] father’s hands.” There are a lot of people who just want to get free of all of the restrictions of society. We can’t treat all people the same way. We can’t protect the adventurous people. We can’t set loose those who rely so much on society to live. People must do what they must do.
Obviously, these four poems by WIlliam Blake can change the way we see our society. That’s the way he designed them. The reason for that was so that the wealthy people would see life from a different perspective. He wrote these poems to make a change in the way the rich treated the poor, the way chimney sweepers were treated, and to make sure that those that wanted to go and chase their ambitions could do so without society holding them down. It seems that one thing all of these poems have in common is the way that each of them gives power to the lowly. By reading these poems, one can tell that William Blake was a pretty good guy.