ENGL 102: Literature and Composition
In “The Lamb” by William Blake, you will see that, if analyzed closely, the lamb is a personal symbol which signifies God himself. The innocence of a child is like that of a lamb, and serves as a model for humans to follow. In the first stanza, the speaker is the child who is also the teacher. The child asks the lamb who gave him life and all his needs, along with a voice so "tender”. Then, the child declares that he will tell the lamb who their creator is. The creator shares the same name as the lamb, which is a reference to Jesus Christ. The end of the poem is giving way to a blessing which, gives an expression of the child’s adoration at the connection the lamb makes in child, lamb, and Jesus Christ.
“The Lamb” is made up of two stanzas; the first stanza asking an array of questions, and the second answering the questions. The first stanza is composed of five rhyming couplets such as “feed/mead “and “delight/bright”, and the second stanza only has one, “mild/child”. Repetition is present in the very first and very last couplet of each stanza making these lines into a refrain, and giving the poem its song-like quality which produces a nursery rhyme of AABB. This gives the poem an innocent, child-like view point and connotes purity. Blake uses "thee" four times in his rhyming scheme, and he keeps to single syllables.
Blake uses grammatical vocabulary instead of slang, and his choice of words, such as stream, delight, wool, bright, and tender, give the poem a peaceful, and innocent feel about it which gives way to a child-play poem with a naive but profound question, “who made thee?”
There is also a joyous and harmonious flow due to the vocabulary and imagery in the poem which gives the reader a sense of Blake’s faith in Jesus Christ. The apostrophe used in the lyric after lamb gives way to the similarities to the child and the lamb. In addition, Blake’s tone gives reference to a romantically,... [continues]
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