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Lyrical poetry is a term that is used to refer to poetry that is more interested in exploring thoughts and feelings than telling a story. This poem concerns the admiration of "the lamb" and as the speaker asks who made the lamb, we are told that it was Christ the Redeemer. The speaker identifies himself as a child, linking his own innocence and that of the lamb to the larger symbolic innocence and purity of Christ. Note the way in which the poem creates an emotional response of joy, protectiveness and tenderness. Consider the following section from the poem:

Gave thee clothing of delight,

Softest clothing, wooly, bright;

Gave thee such a tender voice,

Making all the vales rejoice?

Little Lamb, who made thee?

Dost thou know who made thee?

The imagery that is employed, such as describing the lamb's wool as "clothing of delight / Softest clothing, wooly, bright," and the "tender voice" of the lamb and the image of the vales that "rejoice" all help to create the emotional response of childlike joy and protectiveness.

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Songs of Innocence and of Experience

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