A Short Analysis of Walt Whitman’s ‘A Noiseless Patient Spider’

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A summary of a short Whitman poem

‘A Noiseless Patient Spider’ is a little gem of a poem among Walt Whitman’s oeuvre. In this post we’d like to share the poem, and offer a few words of analysis. What does Whitman mean by using the ‘noiseless patient spider’ when depicting his own soul?

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 launch’d forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself,
Ever unreeling them, ever tirelessly speeding them.

And you O my soul where you stand,
Surrounded, detached, 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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One thought on “A Short Analysis of Walt Whitman’s ‘A Noiseless Patient Spider’

  1. katyfirebird says:

    Noiseless, because his soul is listening to everything around him; patient, because exploring reality is a huge enterprise; spider, because he can weave his way to wherever he wants to go, can save himself from a fall, can trap what he needs to survive. At least, that’s what I can see.

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