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The Lamb by William Blake

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Transcript of The Lamb by William Blake

Born November 28th, 1757-
August 12th, 1827
William Blake
Growing up, Blake lived in a time of great social and political change. He was raised in moderate times and lived in a well respected neighborhood. Even though his parents didn't put him through any formal schooling, the encouraged his artistic talents. As well as his brother who was a huge influence in his writing.
Summary
The poem begins with the question "Little lamb who made thee?" The speaker in this poem seems to be a child, or a child of god. The reason for this is because of the simple words and sentence structures. The poem is talking about how the lamb came to be and who made it. This poem in the second stanza makes a reference to god. It also answers its own question.
The poem
Little Lamb who made thee
Dost thou know who made thee
Gave thee life & bid thee feed.
By the stream & o’er the mead;
Gave thee clothing of delight,
Softest clothing wooly 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 & thou a lamb,
We are called by his name.
Little Lamb God bless thee.
Little Lamb God bless thee.
Things about him...
Blake had 6 brothers and sisters, only 5 of which survived infancy.

At the age of 10 he was enrolled into Pars' drawing school.

His parents withdrew him at 14 to become an engraver.

His talents didn't just end at painting, but he also was good at engraving and printmaking.

William also had an obsession with lambs.

INTERESTING FACT:
In his younger years, he was said to have unique mental "powers".
Emilia V. & Savannah B
"The Lamb" by William Blake
Literary Elements
School/Period: Romantic

Subjects: Christianity, Philosophy, Youth, Religion.

Follows a couplet rhyme scheme

Consonance : "Little Lamb"

Refrain:
"Little Lamb who made thee
Dost thou know who made thee"

Symbolism:
Lines 1-2: The imagined lamb is addressed using apostrophe. The speaker talks to the lamb as if it could understand him
Lines 5-6: The lamb is personified as having clothing, which is actually just its wool. The description of its "Softest clothing wooly bright" is one of the most sensual images in the poem
Literary Analysis
"The Lamb" by William Blake provides a simple and profound answer to a simple and profound question: Who made us? (the topic sentence states the title and author of the poem as well as the poem's theme). Because the poem addresses a child it takes on the form of a child's song, containing rhymed couplets and repetition (we've taken a fact about the poem and explained the significance of the fact to the poem's overall meaning). Because the poem addresses a child, the answer to the question must be at the level a child can understand. In this case, the Lamb--meaning the Lamb of God, made thee, isn't that great? (this is the simple answer alluded to in the topic sentence).

The answer, although understood by the child, deals with a philosophical religious question that scholars have discussed for centuries (this addresses the profound answer mentioned in the topic sentence), leading one to think that perhaps we all need to become like a little child to understand our eternal nature (note how the author of this paragraph adds a Biblical allusion and ends his paragraph by restating the poem's theme and tying it into his topic sentence).

An analysis of "The Lamb" by William Blake from cannot be fully understood without addressing "The Tyger," the companion poem found in Songs of Experience. Click the link for an analysis of "The Tyger"

Taken from: http://literatureguides.weebly.com/
Also wrote;

"The Tyger"
"To Autumn"
"To See"
"To Morning"
"I Saw A Chapel"
Lived in England
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Quote:
"I must create my own system or be enslaved by another mans."
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Relation to "The Tyger"
The relationship between the two is that for every "Songs of Innocence" poem, which the "The Lamb" is from, has a counter poem from "Songs of Experience" which "The Tyger" is from. For every "Songs of Innocence" poem, is a more dark poem in the Songs of Experience" poem.
THE END! :)
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