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William Blakes poem The Lamb metaphorically refers to Christ as the Lamb who came as a child and that we are made in His image this speaking of the religious importance and influences at the time this poem was written It seams Blakes style of poetry proclaimed the supremacy of the imagination over the rationalism and materialism of the 18thcentury William Blake is at first calling the lamb out as though it were an animal Little lamb who made theeGave thee clothing of delight Dost thou know who made thee Blake is switching now in the latter half of his poem to the deity of Christ He is called by they name For he calls himself a Lamb He is meek and He is mild He became a little child Many of Blakes spellings which seem odd or old-fashioned to us must have struck his readers also as quaint Blake does not necessarily use metaphors where something in the poem represents some other thing usually an abstraction in a one-to-one way Rather he uses symbols and leaves it to the reader to decide what they mean The picture of The Lambs feeding by the stream and oer the mead is a beautiful one which suggests Gods kindness in creation and has an echo of similar descriptions in the Old Testament book of Psalms In the second stanza Blake reminds the lamb and us that the God who made the lamb also is like the lamb As well as becoming a child like the speaker of the poem Jesus became known as The Lamb of God Jesus was crucified during the Feast of the Passover celebrating the Jews escape
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