William Blake’s “The Lamb”: A Biblical Worldview Analysis

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“For He calls Himself a Lamb!” In a biblical worldview, there is only one person referred to as a lamb, Christ Jesus. William Blake captures the essence of Jesus Christ as the symbolic Lamb of God in his poem “The Lamb.” A biblical worldview can be simply defined as a Christian’s outlook on life. Evidence of a biblical worldview can be seen through the poem’s symbolism, theme, and imagery. 19th century poet, William Blake considered himself to be a devout Christian. However, he disagreed with many of the aspects of the Christian religion as an “institutionalized system.” Blake believed a person can only truly understand Christ through knowledge, every person should desire to be like Jesus, all men are the sons of God, and God’s presence can be seen in all of humanity. Blake articulated his biblical outlook on life and his opinions of the church through several of his poems and essays. “The Lamb” exhibits Blake’s outlook on life as a Christian. The poem is best known for “the lamb” symbolizing innocence. In literature, a lamb represents innocence and the biblical lamb represents Jesus Christ’s purity and innocent sacrifice. The innocence theme is dispersed between a child’s innocence and Christ’s innocence. “Little Lamb, who made thee? / Dost thou know who made thee?” The first two lines of the first stanza present the poem’s child-like innocence theme. The speaker of the poems asks a child one of the most inescapable questions of life, “who made us,” followed by the answer to the question. “Little Lamb, God bless thee! / Little Lamb, God bless thee!” Through two stanzas, the inevitable question is asked and then answered. The speaker of the poem also references Jesus as a symbolic lamb, “He is called by thy name, / For He ca... ... middle of paper ... ...cp/pcp_97542_lit_lu/ebook/media/blake_lamb.swf. English 102. “Lesson 13 Lyrical Poetry: First Principles” (Online Presentation). Lecture, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA. Accessed April 9, 2014. http://learn.liberty.edu/bbcswebdav/pid-1566352-dt-content-rid-8610904_1/courses/ENGL102_D15_201420/Master/Course%20Content/Module/Week%204%20--%20Poetry/Reading%20%26%20Study/Presentation_%20Lesson%2013/Lesson13/index.html. Harris, Drew. “Analyzing William Blake's Poetry.” Emmitsburg News-Journal. Accessed April 21, 2014. http://www.emmitsburg.net/archive_list/articles/ce/misc/drew/blake.htm. Towns, Elmer, and Ben Gutierrez, eds. “John: Believe and Live.” in The Essence of the New Testament: A Survey, 128-41. Nashville: B&H Publishing Group, 2012. Vultee, Denise. “William Blake.” Poetry Foundation. Accessed April 21, 2014. http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/william-blake.

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