The question ("who made thee?") is a simple one, and yet the child is also tapping into the philosophical and timeless questions all human beings have, about their own beginning and the nature of creation.
The poem's apostrophic form contributes to the effect of innocence, since the situation of a child talking to an animal is a believable one, and not simply a literary device...
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In the next stanza, the speaker attempts a riddling answer to his own question; the lamb was made by one whom, âcalls himself a Lamb,â (Line 14) one who resembles in his gentleness both the child and the lamb. Yet by answering his own question, the child converts it into a rhetorical one, thus counteracting the initial impulsive sense of the poem...