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Walt Whitman

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Transcript of Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman
A Noiseless Patient Spider
Jean Carlo Merced
Advanced English


was an American poet, essayist and journalist. A humanist, he was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse.
Walt Whitman
A noiseless, patient spider,
I mark’d, where, on a little promontory, it stood, isolated;
A Noiseless Patient Spider
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, surrounded, 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.

Thank You. Thank You Very Much.
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