Analyze Blake's "The Lamb" with respect to diction?
The repetition of words and phrases (the rhetorical device anaphora) stresses the speaker’s innocent, childlike qualities and makes the structure of the poem simple and clear. The diction is neutral and concrete, in keeping with the speaker’s childlike character, and appropriate for the concept of a beneficent and peaceful God. The Creator, like the lamb and the child, is meek and mild, loving and gentle, simple and caring. The words all connote the most direct, least complicated view of God that is possible. The use of the word meek suggests the third Beatitude (Matt. 5:5). Blake’s idea of God in this poem from The Songs of Innocence is that God is a God of peace and love.