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A Noiseless Patient Spider

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Mari Sweeney

on 17 February 2014

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Transcript of A Noiseless Patient Spider

A (Attitude)-The speaker's attitude is serious and contemplative.

S (Shifts)- A shift happens between the first and second stanza from talking about the spider to talking about the speaker's own soul

T (Title)- The title, in addition to it's denotation, can be a warning or advice for the human race

T (Theme)- The theme of this poem is uncertainty in actions and the need to be aware
A Noiseless Patient Spider
By: Walt Whitman

-Details are included about the spider's location (" on a little promontory, it stood, isolated"), and the experience the spider has trying to find it's way

-No rhyming Scheme
-Told from 1st person
-Complex, formal, and metaphorical

Sentence Structure:

-Two stanzas
-10 lines
-Flowing sentences
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.

: The words of "A Noiseless Patient Spider" are jarring, yet descriptive and flowy
-Alliteration helps further the feeling of desperation:
""Vacant Vast"
-Repetition- furthers the feeling of monotony and uncertainty
"filament, filament, filament"

: Images are created of the spider on the ledge and the elements of the ocean.
Ex: "measureless oceans of space"
"ductile anchor hold"


T(Title)- The title, " A Noiseless Patient Spider" implies that the poem may have something to to with a spider who makes no noise and is patient.

P (Paraphrase)- This poem is about a spider spinning a web and trying to cast out it's thread. The last part compares the spider to aimless, searching humans.

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.
C (Connotation)-
-This poem is written in free verse
-The words of this poem are jarring and evoke feelings of emptiness "Vast, vacant"
: Images of the spider's quest to form the web are produced and compared with humans and nature

Point of View
-This poem is written in 1st person , also incorporating 2nd person.

-Details are included about the experiences the spider faces forming a web and how it compares to man.

- The entire poem is metaphorical and symbolic for a person's journey to creating a plan or themselves

Other Literary Devices:
Alliteration-"vacant vast"
Repetition- "filament, filament, filament"
Active verbs with same endings-"musing, venturing, throwing"
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