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29 January, 18:55

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From "The Chimney Sweeper" When my mother died I was very young, And my father sold me while yet my tongue, Could scarcely cry weep weep weep weep. So your chimneys I sweep & in soot I sleep.

In the first stanza from William Blake's "The Chimney Sweeper," how does the speaker get his job?

He is given to his employer as a favor to his mother.

He is exchanged with money through a bribe.

He is sold to his employer by is father.

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  1. 29 January, 19:18
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    He is sold to his employer by is father.

    Explanation:

    William Blake's poem "The Chimney Sweeper" from his "Songs of Innocence," tells the story of how a small boy was forced into employment as child labor which was a common practice in England of that time. This poem is a generalization of the prominent case of child labor through which some families get their incomes.

    Narrated from the small boy's perspective, the first stanza reads

    When my mother died I was very young,

    And my father sold me while yet my tongue

    Could scarcely cry " 'weep! 'weep! 'weep! 'weep!"

    So your chimneys I sweep & in soot I sleep

    It is clearly evident to see that the young boy's employment came at the death of his mother. His father sold him to be a chimney sweeper even before he could barely talk or speak.
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