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Jose Acosta December 10, 2003 AP English - Mr. Fidemi William Blake - "The Lamb" William Blake's "The Lamb" is an attempt to bring up life's ultimate questions through the voice of child-like speaker. The poem is structured with the question as the first stanza and the answer as the second stanza. Blake initially introduces a naive child asking simple questions but later dives into deep philosophical theories regarding life and creation as the child in turn tries to answer those exact questions. "The Lamb" in trying to convey the answers to certain philosophical questions exhibits basic Christian creedal statements and relays certain images concerning Jesus and also tries to explain His relation to common man. The opening line of the poem embodies every human's curiosities surrounding creation and the origins of human existence. The speaker naively questions the lamb regarding its nature and also its creation. ...read more.

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The speaker deceives the reader in the first stanza as the true intent behind his inquiries. The sole motivation of the speaker is to invoke curiosity from the lamb. Blake uses the lamb as a symbol representing all of creation specifically humans. As the child intends on answering the lamb's question, Blake also intends on answering the questions of his readers. By evoking curiosity into the origins of life, it is then and only then that the speaker will have the opportunity to answer the questions with the intention of spreading his own philosophy. The second stanza, specifically lines 14 through 18, reveals that the child's assertion in knowing the truth behind existence is not merely an arrogant attempt to answer life's questions, but reveals the child's complete confidence and support of his Christian faith. The child innocently absorbs each Christian notion without question and without contemplation. ...read more.

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In the poem, the Lamb's divine nature is not initially revealed, but is gradually exposed by the time the reader has completed the second stanza. William Blake's main focus of "The Lamb" is to convey the basic assertions taken by Christianity. The child is rhetorically questioning the lamb on his beliefs concerning creation. Ironically the child does not desire a response but merely desires to explain his beliefs that have been influenced by the Christian religion, which emphasizes Jesus' divinity yet also his connection to mankind. The traditional image of Jesus as a lamb underscores the Christian values of gentleness, meekness, and peace. The Lamb is slowly transformed as a symbol of man to a symbol of Jesus Himself in order to show His divinity but also to show His link to common man. "The Lamb" can be initially characterized as list of childish inquiries, but shifts in order to convey the notions of Christian philosophy to explain mankind's ultimate question: "Who made thee." ...read more.

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