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The gentle lamb and the menacing tyger in Blakes Songs of Innocence and Experience shows the contrast between the innocence of childhood and the experience of adulthood The first two lines of The Lamb sets the style of childish inquisitiveness Little Lamb who made theeDoust thou know who made thee 1-2 The poem is divided into two stanzas the first containing the questions about who made the little lamb and about Who gave thee clothing of delightSoftest clothing wooly bright5-6 gives the reader an image of childlike fun with the lamb frolicking By the stream and oer the mead 4 He further describes the lamb as having such a tender voicemaking all the vales rejoice 7-8 The narrator is questioning the lamb just as an inquisitive child would question an adult as to why the sky is blue The narrator is telling the lamb about all of its good gentle happy qualities and once again asks Little lamb who made theeDost thou know who made thee 9-10 The poem is written is childish repetition which continues in the second stanza In the second stanza the narrator is answering the questions for the little lamb with the impatience that is characterized by childhood The narrator is not giving the lamb a chance to answer the question The narrator answers instead Little Lamb Ill tell theeLittle Lamb Ill tell the 11-12 He tells the lamb He is called by thy nameFor he calls himself a lamb 13-14 Christ is often described as a lamb and Blake uses the lines He is meek and he is mildHe became a little childI a child thou a lamb14-16 The narrator is the child and he is telling the lamb that there like Jesus were created by God The lamb could possibly even be Christ Jesus preached in the vales and made people happy when he spoke to them That is a possibility This poem is one of
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