The Lamb
The Lamb
by William Blake

The Lamb Analysis

Symbols, Imagery, Wordplay

The LambWilliam Blake loves lambs. They connect religion with both the human and natural worlds, being associated with the rugged fields and valleys of the English countryside as well as with farmi...

Form and Meter

Hymn-like Song in TrocheesBlake's Songs of Innocence and Experience aren't called "songs" for nothing. In both form and rhythm, "The Lamb" bears similarities with Charles Wesley's hymn beginning "G...

Speaker

The speaker seems to be an innocent and playful child who likes riddles. In the first line of the poem, he sounds curious about "who made" the lamb, but by the second line it's clear that he knows...

Setting

The setting of "The Lamb" is almost a caricature of British country life, complete with pastoral imagery depicting charming shepherds and sheep. Don't take our word for it: Blake published the poem...

Sound Check

Now that we've fawned over the little shepherd boy in the "Speaker Point of View" section of this guide, we're going to take the opposite approach. This poem sounds like an annoying kid circling ar...

What's Up With the Title?

The Songs of Innocence and Experience resembles a children's book, so it's titles are usually simple and straightforward. Case in point: the poem "The Little Boy Lost" and its nail-bitingly suspens...

Calling Card

Children's HymnsIn the "Introduction" to Songs of Innocence and Experience, the poet meets a small child sitting on a cloud. The child is laughing, but he also means business and starts giving orde...

Tough-O-Meter

(1) Sea LevelThe thing about children's poems is that they're written so that children can understand them. Granted, 18th century children used their "thees" and "thous" more than today's brood do,...

Brain Snacks

These days, you often hear people called "visionaries," but Blake was the real deal. Call them hallucinations or whatever you will, but he saw angels and heavenly hosts walking around from childhoo...

Sex Rating

G"Sex? What's sex? I'm just a lamb. I don't know anything about sex. Maybe you should go talk to a voice of experience. We only deal with innocence here."

Shout Outs

Historical References Jesus Christ (lines 13-18)

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