aE Here the speaker uses black to describe coffins and the death that is surrounding the speaker. However, in the next stanza the speaker says, "and by came an angel, who had a bright key, And he opened the coffins, and set them all free;aE The angel can be considered to be a representation of the color white, showing purity and innocence. This shows the narrator's point of view as innocent and pure because he believes that an angel will come and set the children free of the horrible life they have lived as chimney sweepers, living in the soot from the chimneys.
In the Songs of Innocence poem the narrator has hope for the future of the chimney sweeper by using the image of a pure white baby. This is demonstrated in lines eighteen and nineteen, "Then naked and white, all their bags left behind, They rise upon clouds, and sport in the wind:aE In using the words naked and white, the image of an infant is shown. Infants are born into the world