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The Lamb

By William Blake
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Alexis Gallegos

on 11 October 2012

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Transcript of The Lamb

The Lamb By William Blake The poet William Blake (November 28, 1757-August 12, 1827) was a very creative child so his parents, Catherine Wright and James Blake, decided to register him in an art institute called "Henry Pars Drawing School." Then at the age of 14 he got an apprenticeship with an engraver named James Basire. He did assignments that consisted on creating sketches and drawings of statues and monuments. Later throughout his life he started creating art in the form of poetry. He started tackling difficult metaphorical themes that dealt with law and religion. The poem "The Lamb" starts off with a child asking a little lamb the question of "who made thee?" The child ask a question to which many humans still wonder till this day. Then the child continues to ask the lamb more questions such as who gave you life and food to eat from. Food that makes you grow and develop which also makes your wool grow and keep you warm and soft. Then the child answers his own questions by telling the lamb that its creator "is called by thy name," and by also saying "We are called by His name." In which he refers to God meaning that the child has faith in Christianity. The child then shows gratitude to the lamb by blessing it. The lamb in this poem shows symbolism towards Jesus Christ because figuratively speaking, he was a devoted shepherd and he took good care of his sheep. Jesus protected his sheep from threats such as bad weather, predators, and thieves even if it meant getting injured or dying. According to "All About Jesus Christ (www.allaboutjesuschrist.org)" it mentions the following:

Jesus tells us in John chapter 10 verse 11: "I am a good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. And in verse 14-15:
"I am a good shepherd, I know my own sheep and they know
me just as my Father knows me and I know my Father. And I lay
down my life for the sheep." (All About Jesus Christ 2012) The lamb can also symbolize emotions and feelings such as warmth(protection), softness(kindness), and peacefulness(relaxation) making the mood of this poem be happy. In William Blake's drawing of "The Lamb," he shows a boy who appears to be around 5 years old (as little as the little lamb). The little boy is nude perhaps to resemble the beauty of God's creation or the subtle protection he feels from the sheep. It also shows the sheep resting upon the grass and eating from it meaning that the herd of sheep were given a vast amount food by God so they could grow and develop. The little boy is feeding a little lamb (perhaps the lamb he asked the question to) which shows kindness, meekness, trust, gentleness, protection, and confidence. It also makes the child resemble Jesus the good shepherd.
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