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Ksu English department
Criticism 2
Mrs.Nahed Al-Eissa

The Lamb from Songs of Innocence

Little Lamb, who made thee?
Dost thou know who made thee?
Gave thee life, and bid thee feed,
By the stream and o'er the mead;
Gave thee clothing of delight,
Softest clothing, woolly, bright;
Gave thee such a tender voice,
Making all the vales rejoice?
Little Lamb, who made thee?
Dost thou know who made thee?
Little Lamb, I'll tell thee,
Little Lamb, I'll tell thee.
He is called by thy name,
For He calls Himself a Lamb.
He is meek, and He is mild;
He became a little child.
I a child, and thou a lamb,
We are called by His name.
Little Lamb, God bless thee!
Little Lamb, God bless thee!
The poem the lamb, by William Blake is a meditation poem written in 1789. It is about a physical object, an animal, but it addresses the much grander topics of God and creation. It asks rhetorical questions to a lamb in the first half and then answers the questions in the second half of the poem. The lamb is one of the simplest poems of Blake. The symbolic meaning of it is almost clearly stated in the poem 'The Lamb' which is probably the most important in the poem of innocence. Here the symbols of child, The poem begins with a child like directness and natural world that show no one of the signs of grownups. The poet addresses lamb itself. Lamb is pure, innocent and it is associated with Christ. Being a visionary Blake invites the reader to world free form reasoning. He describes the lamb as he sees it. The lamb has been blessed with life and with capacity to drink from the stream and feed from the meadow. It has been allotted with bright, soft and warm wool which serves as its clothing. It has a tender voice which fills the valley with joy . the child, too, is innocent child. Child enjoy the company of the lamb. The child asks who made the little lamb in a typical child’s tone, rhythm and diction. The lamb, he says, has been given the “clothing...
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