The Shepherd Analysis: Here with the shepherd we get a just a really simple, beautiful You know, nursery rhyme, sense of safety and protection.
The Shepherd Analysis
And again, unity, how sweet is the shepherd sweet lot of that repetition is strange to me.
If there’s something I skipped over it actually the first few times I read it as sweet as a shepherd, sweet lord.
It’s almost like an insistence but perhaps it isn’t. Maybe it is simply an emphasis from the morn to the evening he strays Now look, that’s really important in Blake, world.
Wandering, searching, those are good controlled trial nerd force.
Those are always bad, the shepherd just, you know, he gets to wander around, he’s straight.
He should follow His sheep all the day, and his tongue shall be filled with praise.
So his song his speech is positive and loving. And he follows his lambs with that loving power.
There’s no chastisement, there’s no come home, there’s no do what I say.
The shepherd is enjoying themselves, as are the lambs. For he hears the lambs innocent call. And he hears the US tender reply, call and reply.
Innocent tender, this is just soft, pastoral, natural imagery. He is watching.
Well, they are in peace, for they know that the shepherd is not. You know, connecting to the poem, the little boy found the shepherd, the shepherd’s presence creates safety creates peace.
And the knowledge of that presence calms us down.
Now, I say calms us, because I’m reading the poem symbolically and metaphorically, that perhaps we are the lambs, perhaps the shepherd, could be God.
I don’t like to firmly fix the poem and so tight a one to one meaning and their opportunities, their possibilities in Blake’s universe.
But more and what I think makes the poems remarkable is the possibility, okay, it’s God. But actually, it isn’t God.
It’s just the sense of safety, that nature, peace, wandering calmness brings, and that, for me is much more what makes these poems lasting and powerful.
Not that they’re allegories for God necessarily, though of course, that is an interpretive possibility.