The Poems of William Blake

The Chimney Sweeper [2]

What is the tone of the speaker in line 3? What social critisism is impicit in the speaker's question (line 3) and the boy's response (line 4)?

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There is a sense of tragedy in this line. The speaker was sold into indentured labour as a small child, seemingly old enough to barely talk.

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

The boy's response is a resignation to his horrible life.

So your chimneys I sweep, and in soot I sleep.