- The Shepherd roams freely and is an emblem of natural freedom
- He is in touch with natural, instinctive love, and has an idyllic life
- Like 'The Lamb', this poem plays on conventional biblical imagery of the 'good shepherd'
- It also adopts the equally conventional poetic identification of the shepherd with the poet
- The shepherd ability to roam freely and free himself from the trammels of city life is God-like; an ultimate father…