The Lamb (ASL)

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Image description: A white young man is standing in front of a orangish/whitish wall. He is wearing a white T-shirt, grey-ish pants, and a brown belt. He is signing the lamb’s ears.

Purpose: I translated this poem because it is commonly studied in school, and I wanted to provide access for the Deaf community. I also wanted to provide a counterpart to Blake’s poem “The Tyger”, so that we have a deeper understanding of that other poem.

Translation notes: I omitted some repetition like “Little Lamb I’ll tell thee” and “Who made thee” and just emphasized them by showing the Lamb’s reaction. I also substituted the act of giving a tender voice with the act of teaching the Lamb to sing, although I could have actually made the voice itself a metaphorical entity; but it would not have flowed well with the childish tone of the poem.

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