Spider Essay, Research Paper

Walt Whitman?s poem entitled ?A noiseless Patient Spider.? Describes a quiet spider creating a web. The first line of the poem reads, ?A noiseless patient spider? referring to the graceful and peaceful nature of a spider. It is a creature of patience. ?I mark?d where on a little promontory it stood isolated,? The speaker watches the spider carefully and sees where it stood. It was all alone, away from any human interference. The next line reads, ? mark?d how to explore the vacant vast surrounding,? The speaker notes the spider observing his surroundings, looking for a perfect place to start his work. ?It launch?d forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself,” This line describes the spider launching the silk from itself. The repetition of the word filament implies that the silk is launching very far. ?Ever unreeling them, ever tirelessly speeding them.? The spider effortlessly creates this web in a slow and tedious process. ?And you O my soul where you stand, Surrounded, detached, in measureless oceans of space of space,? refers to the spider being surrounded by nothing before he starts working. ?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.? The spider is constantly creating his web. He never stops throwing the silk out until it catches somewhere and forms a bridge with an anchor strong enough to support him.

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