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What are the literary terms that exist in the poem '' The Lamb'' by William Blake in Songs of Innocence and Experience?

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One of the most obvious techniques used in this poem, part of the Songs of Innocence in this collection of poetry, is that of repetition of certain lines and phrases. Blake seems deliberately to be creating an almost child-like poem about the lamb and the repetition of the first and last line of the final stanza helps create a refrain that is typical of such a poem. The speaker is of course a child and the repetition and the simplistic vocabulary and repetition is one that perfectly associates the poem with the kind of child-like approach to identity and Jesus that the poem presents. Note how this is achieved in the last few lines of the final stanza:

I a child and thou a lamb,

We are called by his name.

Little Lamb God bless thee.

Little Lamb God bless thee.

Thus, although Blake seems to use hardly any literary terms in this poem, this serves to highlight the simplistic nature of the verse and the "innocence" of the speaker. The use of repetition of lines gives the poem a child-like feel that makes the poem almost song-like and deliberately contrasts this poem to the mirror poem it is paired with in Songs of Experience, "The Tiger."

 

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