Analysis Of William Blake 's ' The Lamb '

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William Blake is inspired to write this poem in which the central purpose or theme is to identify who the Lamb is and its origins, by formulating a series of questions, and to describe its characteristics and personality by portraying its awesome attributes. The World English Dictionary defines Lamb as: “1. A young, immature sheep, especially under a year old and without permanent teeth; 2. Somebody who is meek, gentle, and mild, especially a baby or a small child; 3. Someone who is easily deceived or cheated; 4. Like a Lamb to the slaughter calmly and without resistance going to face something unpleasant or dangerous.” It is clearly noted by the author’s figurative language that the poem is symbolic and allegoric—having the Lamb’s description a second meaning beneath the surface one, conveying connotations beyond what is expressed, and an ulterior meaning as major interest. “Little Lamb who made thee? Dost thou know who made thee?” The poem appears to be written in a form of Sonnet in a Petrarchan style with two stanzas. The first of eight lines or octave has a rhyme-scheem aabb aabb; the second of six lines or sestet has a rhyme-scheem abccba. By formulating the questions of the first stanza, Blake seams to convey the perplexity or greatness of the Lamb rather than ignoring or expressing lack of knowledge regarding the origin, creation, clothing and protection of the Lamb—“Gave thee life, and bid thee feed…Gave thee clothing of delight.” In the second stanza the author…
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