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Copy of "The Lamb" by William Blake
Transcript of Copy of "The Lamb" by William Blake
In the first stanza, he asks the lamb how it received its food, clothing, and "tender voice".
In the second stanza, the speaker answers his own question, and tells the lamb that it was created by someone who also "calls himself a Lamb", which implies that the lamb was created by Christ.
The poem ends with the speaker blessing the lamb. Born in London on November 28th, 1757.
Blake had a passion for writing and painting since he was young, and began artistic training at the age of 10.
Was very spiritual/religious since he was young; claimed he had visions of God and angels.
His work received very little attention in his lifetime; those who did often thought he was confused or mad.
Blake was a nonconformist; in defiance of 18th century neoclassical thought, he valued imagination over reason in his poems and drawings.
He felt ideal forms should be created not from observations in nature, but from inner visions. The poem illustrates Christianity in a positive light, that God is loving toward his creations.
In the poem, the speaker states that God had provided the lamb its basic necessities.
The speaker also makes the connection between the lamb and its symbolic representation of Jesus.
He acknowledges that, "we are called by his name," which implies that everyone is under God's care.
Though this is how Blake feels, it is not a complete representation of his beliefs. The poem does not take into account the evils and suffering in the world. Summary The speaker of the poem seems to be a child himself, he expresses innocence when he asks the simple question, "Little lamb, who created thee?"
The question alludes to the creation of humans and parallels how they wonder about their origin and creator.
In the second stanza, the speaker answers his own question. tells the lamb it was created by one who "also calls himself a Lamb." This is a reference to Jesus, who is also represents a lamb and Christian values of peace, meekness, and gentleness.
This shows how gullible and innocent the speaker believes everything in the world has a simple answer.
The speaker also displays a simple, steadfast faith in Christianity; this shows the naivety and narrow-mindedness a child possesses. Analysis Poetic Devices Personification: the lamb is described to have a "tender voice", and given the "softest clothing." Animals cannot speak and do not wear clothes; these descriptions depict the lamb as though it were a young human child as well.
"Making all the vales rejoice" [line 8] This gives a human emotion to the valleys, which normally are incapable of feelings or thought.
Repetition: "Little Lamb, who made thee? Does thou know who made thee" [lines 1-2, 9-10], "Little Lamb, I'll tell thee, Little Lamb, I'll tell thee." [lines 11-12], "Little Lamb, God bless thee! Little Lamb, God bless thee!" [19-20] The speaker repeats these phrases often for emphasis, and gives the poem a childish, song-like quality.
Symbols: The lamb symbolizes Jesus, which in turn represents the Christian characteristics of peace, meekness, and gentleness.
Allusion: "Little Lamb, who made thee? Dost thou know who made thee?" [lines 1 &2] These phrases parallel a deep questions humans have about their own origin and creator. Connotation Attitude The speaker is a young child; has a simple and straight-forward manner of speech.
He displays a naive curiosity throughout the first stanza of the poem while questioning the lamb.
The child treats the lamb in a sweet, affectionate manner, as though it were his companion.
The child displays a more confident tone while he answers his question in the second stanza. Shift A shift occurs between lines 10-12.
In the first stanza, the speaker spends his time asking the lamb if it knows his creator.
In the second stanza, he answers his own question, which shows his faith in God.
The speaker's confidence in his answer conveys his simple, straightforward views on nature and God. The Romantic Period [1798-1832] The period began with the French Revolution in 1789, and ended with Britain's parliamentary reforms in 1832.
It was a turbulent era of many changes; England transformed from an agricultural society to an industrial nation.
Though England had modernized, the rich still became richer and the poor were even worse off.
The war, and frustrations over economic conditions caused many poets to break away from traditional, rigid poetic styles.
Romanticism: Literary, artistic, and philosophical movement that emphasized youth and innocence, a questioning of authority and tradition, and a developing awareness to change.
Romantics used poetry to explore the significance of everyday, common objects, beauty of nature, freedom of expression, and power of imagination. "The Lamb" by William Blake 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, 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!