6V - Introductie literatuur + chimney sweeper 1/2

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This lesson contains 22 slides, with interactive quizzes, text slides and 4 videos.

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Slide 1 - Video

William Blake and Romanticism 

  • William Blake is one of the most well-known poets from the Romantic era
  • The Romantic was an artistic, literary, musical and intellectual movement that originated in Europe towards the end of the 18th century
  • Romanticism was characterized by its emphasis on emotion and individualism as well as glorification of all the past and nature, preferring the medieval rather than the classical

Slide 2 - Slide

The Chimney Sweeper by William Blake

  • William Blake wrote two poems which he both called 'The Chimney Sweeper'
  • The first poem was published in 1789, the second one in 1794.
  • Both poems address the fate of young chimney sweepers from the 18th and 19th century who were often 'sold' by their parents to work in miserable conditions sweeping chimneys

Slide 3 - Slide

Slide 4 - Video

What is meant with 'weep!' 'weep!' 'weep!' in line 3?

Slide 5 - Open question

Explain why he says: ''in soot I sleep'' in line 4

Slide 6 - Open question

What is indicated by the comparison of Tom's hair with a ''lamb's back'' (line 6)?

Slide 7 - Open question

What do the ''coffins of black'' (line 12) stand for?

Slide 8 - Open question

Line 15 & 16: in what way is Tom's dream different from his real life? Explain in some detail.

Slide 9 - Open question

Line 20: what does the word 'want' mean here?

Slide 10 - Open question

There is a contrast in line 17/18 and line 21/22. Explain this contrast.

Slide 11 - Open question

Explain the last line of the poem

Slide 12 - Open question

Slide 13 - Video

Explain what the word 'because' has in lines 5 and 9.

Slide 14 - Open question

What are the clothes of death in line 7?

Slide 15 - Open question

What are the notes of 'woe' in line 8?

Slide 16 - Open question

Who are criticized in the last two lines?

Slide 17 - Open question

Explain what is meant with the last line of the poem?

Slide 18 - Open question

Discuss the contrast between illusion and disillusion illustrated by the two poems.

Slide 19 - Mind map


dreamworld - escape from reality - optimistic outlook on life


bitterness - distrust - accusation - awareness of circumstances - sarcasm

Slide 20 - Slide

For Tue 8 Dec
Read: Shakespeare sonnet 18, 116, 130
Click on the video if you want to know more about Shakespeare -->

Slide 21 - Slide

Slide 22 - Video