“The Lamb” by William Blake

TheLambI really like this poem because it is such a beautiful expression of innocence. It is simple and reminds me of a child’s nursery rhyme. It’s also very accessible and the metaphors are easy to understand.

The lamb has a two-fold symbolism. First, it represents the untainted innocence of childhood. The voice of the speaker is that of a child. The child relates to the lamb because the he sees himself as a lamb.

The lamb is also a symbol for Christ and this is represented in the poem. In the second stanza, the connection between Christ and the lamb is clearly established.

He is called by thy name,
For he calls himself a Lamb: 
He is meek & he is mild,
He became a little child:

I also see a connection between the child and Christ. The child sees himself reflected in the lamb and at the same time understands that Christ was the lamb. The message here is that children are Christ-like by nature. It is only later in life that children become corrupt and experience the proverbial fall from grace.

Reading this poem today made me feel happy. It was just what I needed. Click here to read the poem online.

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