Answered By: Stephen Dingman Last Updated: Nov 17, 2015 Views: 38
It looks like two of our databases fit the bill. The first, Gale Virtual Reference, includes the series Poetry for Students, which offers line by line explanations of the poem. For example:
One of the most famous poems in Blake’s collection Songs of Innocence and of Experience, “The Lamb” establishes its theme quickly in the first two lines. When the narrator asks the lamb if it knows who created it, it is not calling attention to the biological parents. The narrator specifically asks about the nature of creation in the divine sense. The narrator does not think the creator is a what, but a whom, and this whom has the power to actually create life.
The narrator implies much more than eating and drinking and the home of this little lamb with these two lines. The fact that the gift of life is connected to the command to live by natural, instinctual means hints at the nature of Divine Law. These lines suggest that life, the natural life of a lamb, is a divine creation. The landscape reinforces the natural over the urban. The fact that Blake fails to mention any kind of restraint upon the lamb may also be significant.
These lines begin to suggest a second layer of meaning pertaining to the image of the lamb. They recall the swaddling cloths of the baby Jesus, and of his hair that was purported to be like “lamb’s wool.” The brightness of the lamb, and the brightness of Christ, comes from within, and also demonstrates their ability to reflect light. The whitest lamb reflects the most light.
This volume includes three (3) critical essays on "The Lamb".
With this easy to use database just type in the lamb in the document title box.
The second database, JSTOR, offers many more scholarly, peer-reviewed articles. You might try the keywords, "William Blake," "The Lamb," and "Songs of Innocence" in the search boxes. Also narrow by articles.
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