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The Lamb

  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 01:08 AM
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William Blake’s, “The Lamb,” exalts the goodness of the creator and finds within the creator a source of kindness, humanity, and love. Blake starts off by asking who made the little lamb?   He then asks who gave it life and food, and wooly bright clothing along with a soft voice. The maker of the Lamb is then questioned again. The author then tells the reader who made the little Lamb. He says that the creator has the same name, Lamb, and he is gentle and kind. He was once a little child and people are called by his name. He then blesses God for the little Lamb. The idea of a kind creator is expressed by the alliance of the creator with the gentlest creation of the lamb.

There are several pairs of consecutive rhyming lines, and they each have four lines that don’t totally rhyme giving an “aa bb cc dd ee ff gh ii jk ll” rhyme scheme. Since, most of the time punctuation of a poem will determine its pace caesuras and end-stopped are used in the lines to vary the pace of a poem and to alleviate the \"sing-song\" effect of poems that use of end-rhyme. The technique, therefore, reinforces the feeling that the poem is trying to communicate. Blake\'s spelling, which seems odd, traditional, or old-fashioned, also gives a childlike diction and repetition in this poem, and an almost incantatory effect if the poem is read aloud.

\"The Lamb\" has two stanzas, each containing five rhymed couplets. Repetition in the first and last couplet of each stanza this helps gives the poem its song-like quality. This simple structure clues the readers that the lamb is simply a representation of a child, or the innocence of childhood; “Little Lamb, who make thee? / Dost thou know who make thee?” (Line 9-10). The simple structure of his poem also tells the readers that Blake’s target for an audience must have been the many other young children who are interested in the same subject as the child in the poem. The lamb, one of God\'s creations is admired and praised. The Lamb is...

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