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The Lamb

William Blake

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little lamb
Added by: mohammad
Little Lamb, who made thee
Does 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 woolly bright;
Gave thee such a tender voice.
Making all the vales rejoice:
Little Lamb who made thee
Does 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 childh
I a child & thou a lamb,
We are called by His name,
Little Lamb God bless thee,
Little Lamb God bless thee.

Added by: Makayla
This poem is so awesome! We were talking about it in English the other day and my teacher couldn't figure out exactly who the speaker was and it was suggested that the speaker was a shepherd boy. This would make him a symbol of Jesus Christ, because Christ is often called "the Good Shepherd". A shepherd loves his sheep and takes care of them. He is gentle with them, seeks them out when they are lost, comforts them when they're scared, protects them from evil influence if they stay near him. He would even give his life for his sheep. Does this sound like the Savior to you? It does to me.
the lamb
Added by: poyan mobasher
it's explaining about the innocence of man that's one aspect of his two side nature& we can discuss this poem with the tiger altogether.
The Speaker/Makayla is wrong!
Added by: Amanda
Makayla is wrong, the speaker is blake himself. If you seek out his views on religion and faith and then study 'The Lamb' with 'The Tyger' you will see that the poems are simply about the questions of why a God that created something as innocent as a lamb would also create a Tiger. why are there wars? Why do people die? Why do the words Pain and Suffering and Murder and Rape exist?
Deeper innocense
Added by: John
The speaker could be seen as either Blake or a shepherd, depending on how you chose to read the poem. If the speaker was Blake, it seems to me that Amanda seems right on. If seen as a shepherd, it shows his innocense. This is a boy - whose intelligence is greater than a sheep's - explaining to the sheep where it came from. Of course, the sheep cannot comprehend nor understand the boy. Likewise, how are we to ever understand religion? How will our minds comprehend an explanation of religion, which in its very nature is greater than our intelligence. This is how, we too, are naive and innocent.
The Lamb
Added by: Big Show
This poem analyzed quite often still brings new meanings to the intentions of William Blake upon writing it. The Lamb could be seen as a transition of human from the innocence of Childhood to the experience of adulthood ("The Tyger"). It starts of with the speaker asking the lamb who made it and culminating with affirmation of "little lamb i'll tell thee". This transition is that of a child of innocence to the point of realization of him/herself.
Added by: John
The lamb is great. It is the opposite of the Tyger. I think that it is typical of a innocence poem because it has alot of language associated with this type of poem. The person speaking is the lamb. It is personification. It resembles God,as it is white and this shows purity
Added by: Greg
I think its also a question of asking 'Why would He allow good and evil to coexist?' Well, maybe its because he wanted us to be able to have a free will. Lets think, if there was no evil in the world, would there be free will? In my opinion, there would not, because we would all think perfect things and nobody would be scared or feel jealous. Its a way of setting the environment so that we can make up our minds to what path we choose to follow. That is why he allows it, because without it, we would all be "robots"
Added by: why?
there's no such thing as whose analysis is right or wrong.there is no fixed answer to literature.
Lamb and Tyger
Added by: Future Prof.
I made similar comments on "The Tyger", but they are applicable here also. I elieve the poems can be read individually, but work best together. Blake seems to ne making a comment about the dual nature of man. We should strive to be like the lamb as much as possibel, however we must be aware of our capacity to be the tiger as well. The tige is not in and of itself evil! It s also created by God...it may very well be we need some of the tigers attributes to survive in the world or experience. Blake may be trying to say that you must stike some symmetry in your life, and reconcile the two aspects of human nature. Unlike animals, men are divine beings and have a choice in how they will behave....a tiger can only be a tiger and a lamb can only be a lamb...humans have free will.

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