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A Noiseless Patient Spider

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by Jahna Walls on 12 December 2012

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Transcript of 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 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,
thread you fling catch somewhere, O my soul. io Imagery The inner meaning "A Noiseless Patient Spider"
By Walt Whitman The literal meaning is about how the spider is all alone and is spinning a web. It is talking about how everything is interconnected in the web and how the web is being delicately built to catch flies. This poem provokes the image of the spider being all alone. This image is created by using words like “Isolated”, “Vacant” and “Vast”. This gives us the feeling of having no one understands you and having to do everything for yourself without any help. The spider is building her web but, she is all alone in doing so. A Noiseless patient spider. Literal Meaning 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,
thread you fling catch somewhere, O my soul. The Clues to the inside meaning Prezi by Daisy Fuchs and Jahna Walls The inner meaning of this poem is the feeling of being alone. The loneliness of someone different. Someone who is not accepted. They want to be accepted by society and be able to connect with other people. The title of this poem is important because it tells you that the person in it is non-complaining patient, and lonely like a spider. The universal message how we long to be supported. Literary devices “O my soul”
This is a apostrophe because the narrator is talking to their soul as if it was there

“measureless oceans of space,”
This passage is a hyperbole because it is extremely exaggerating the amount of space surrounding the spider.

“vacant vast”
This is aliteration because it repeats the va sound at the beginning of the word

"Surrounded, detached"
This is an oxymoron because surrounded, and detached mean opposite things.

This is a free verse because there is no pattern present. 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,
thread you fling catch somewhere, O my soul. Where they were found in the poem Isolated: This word make you think about being completely alone and in a way being shunned, there is a very strong negative connotations of being shut off from others and not being aloud in. Vacant Vast: This make you think of something very similar to what “Isolated” makes you think of. Although, this gives the image of a space with nothing, no one. This phrase has a lonely sort of connotation. Tirelessly: This word gives the feeling of extreme determination and never giving up Detached: this word (like isolated) gives a feeling of loneliness and depression. We would read more poems by Walt Whitman but we wouldn't seek them out. It made us stop and think of the times where we left others out. Or the times when we feel like we are trying so hard to be accepted but we will never will be. We like everyone have felt alone. We identify with the feelings the spider has. We agree with the analysis because it says that the spider represents loneliness. They said "reflecting on the similarities between humanity and the explorations of arachnids." which is saying that in this poem spiders are like humans.

Bibliographical information
"Theophillus Smith." Theophillus Smith. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2012. This person really said the same thing we did. The biggest difference our analysis and the professional analysis is that the professional (unlike ours) talks about a feeling of hope which is an idea that we didn’t talk about so much. Both of us found that The Patient Lonely Spider had the inner meaning of wanting to connect to the outer world. Also both of us found the mood to be a bit depressing. Bibliographal infomation
"Interpretation of âA Noiseless Patient Spiderâ by Walt Whitman." Poetry Matters at Dickinson College. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2012. This poem has a combination of hard and soft words. These words are long. This adds to the poem because it makes loneliness seem soft and quiet but also harsh and complex. The long words give the impression of vastness. The rhythm of this poem “floats”, this adds to the idea of vastness, loneliness, and the physical ideas of oceans and spider webs.
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