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The Lamb Questions

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  1. How do "innocence" and "experience" relate to the religious concepts of "good" and "evil"? If we were to say, "Innocence is good and experience is evil," how would you respond to set us straight?
  2. What does "The Lamb" add to Blake's famous poem "The Tyger" from the Songs of Experience, and vice versa?
  3. "The Lamb" is structured like a church hymn. If you were to set this poem to music, how would it sound? What instruments would you use? (Once you have your arrangement, you can compare it to one of the various musical version of "The Lamb" that are available on recording! See our "Brain Snacks" for more.)
  4. Does the style and language of the poem seem childish? Is it this a good or a bad thing?
  5. How do words and pictures mingle in Blake's illustrated version of the poem? (View Blake's illustration here.) Do you think the illustration adds or detracts from the poem?
  6. If you wanted to add the perspective of "experience" to "The Lamb," a poem about innocence, what details might you include? Do lambs have a sinister side?

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