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Critical Analysis Essay on Poetry
ENGL 102: Composition and Literature
Fall 2010
Nathan Johnson
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Thesis: William Blake uses several literary devices in “The Lamb” to portray spiritual truths about Christianity. I. Introduction A. The Characteristics of Lambs
1. In Literature
2. In the Bible B. Blake’s use of the lamb 1. As a symbol in the Poem II. Body A. The use of symbolism as a literary device 1. The Lamb as a symbol for Christ 2. The Lamb as a symbol for Christians B. The use of imagery as a literary device 1. Mental images of lines 3-4 in the poem 2. Images of lines 15-16 III. Conclusion A. Restatement of thesis B. Closing remarks

Lambs are considered to be innocent and gentle animals. They are gentle creatures that are submissive and yet daring. Words that are often associated with lambs tend to evoke a sense of calmness and peace. In literature lambs are usually used to symbolize gentleness, meekness and even innocence. Even in the Bible the lamb is used to symbolize ultimate goodness and purity. Countless times in the Bible the lamb is used as a reference for Jesus Christ, and His people. Often Jesus is referred as a shepherd tending and looking for His sheep. Christ is also called the Lamb of God. William Blake uses the poem “The Lamb” to bring up life’s ultimate questions through the voice of a child. Questions that have plagued man since the beginning of time like “why are we here? And who made us?” This poem can be viewed as a child’s song in the form of questions and answers. The same very questions that philosophers and theologians have pondered over the centuries. These philosophical questions are addressed through subtle images of Jesus throughout the poem. Blake uses several literary devices in “The Lamb” to portray…...

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