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“The Lamb” and Its Journey
ENGLISH 102: Literature and Composition
Summer 2012
Nicomi Kloempken
LU# 24421810
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THESIS The short poem “The Lamb” by William Blake (1757-1827) describes a baby lamb. Using symbols, the writer questions its innocence and the purpose of divine intervention. This poem can either be read for pleasure, reading it for face value about sheep, or taken in with consideration for the symbolism found hidden in its words. The hidden symbols are about God, Jesus Christ, and the Christian worldview.

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“The Lamb” and its Journey 1. My real life sheep herding experiences in relation to the life of the lamb in the poem. A. What life is like for a sheep, or lamb. B. The pain and joys of being a real sheep or lamb. 2. How the poem compares the Christian faith with the lamb’s life. A. Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God. B. Jesus was human, yet was the Holy One. C. Jesus, the Good Shepherd and how Jesus viewed humans as sheep. 3. Conclusion: A. How I compare real life sheep to humans, and their relationship to Jesus.

“The Lamb” and its Journey Page 1. William Blake (1757-1827) wrote several poems using simple and often direct language. I chose this poem, “The Lamb” with its simple AA, BB rhyme scheme because of my past history working on a very large ranch with over 1000 head of sheep. From this experience, I can examine the poem, “The Lamb” with its simple, face value first, not using the non-written symbolism found in the poem. Lambs are traditionally born in the early spring, often with snow still on the ground. Their birth process is often labor intensive, as the mother sheep, called a ewe, often is quite forgetful of the weather and the lamb might freeze to death if not brought into shelter by a handler, or a Shepherd. Depending on the breed of sheep, they are born…...

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