William Blake's two poems called "The Chimney Sweeper" create art by keeping us uncomfortable.

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Sept. 14 2010 6:57 AM

A Perfect Discomfit

William Blake's two poems called "The Chimney Sweeper" create art by keeping us uncomfortable.

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Click the arrow on the audio player below to hear Robert Pinsky read "The Chimney Sweeper," from Songs of Experience. You can also download the recording or subscribe to Slate's Poetry Podcast on iTunes.

Slate Poetry Editor Robert Pinsky will be joining in discussion of Blake's two "Chimney Sweeper" poems this week. Post your questions and comments on the work, and he'll respond and participate. You can also browse "Fray" discussions of previous classic poems.

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Former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky is Slate's poetry editor. His Selected Poems is now available.