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A Noiseless Patient Spider by Walt Whitman


"A Noiseless Patient Spider" is a poem written by Walt Whitman. This poem is specifically divided into two stanzas with a purpose. The poem compares a spiders activities to his own. The first stanza talks about the spider, alone, shooting out its web and then unreeling them tirelessly. The second stanza talks about the author doing something similar. He is alone and is castingout himself trying to find something amusing and worth his time. He is working hard for to catch something with it.

This poem is made up of two stanzas. Each stanza has five lines. There is not a rhyme scheme.


A Noiseless Patient Spider

A noiseless patient spider,
I mark'd where on a little promontory it stood isolated,
Mark'd how to explore the vacant, vast surrounding,
It launched forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself.
Ever unreeling them, ever tirelessly speeding them.

And you O my soul where you stand,
Surrounded, detatched, in measureless oceans of space,
Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, seeking the spheres to connect them.
Till the bridge you will need be form'd, till the ductile anchor hold,
Till the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere, O my soul.

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Literary Movement
19th Century

Nature, Being Alone

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