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Analysis and comments on A Noiseless Patient Spider. by Walt Whitman

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Comment 12 of 32, added on October 3rd, 2007 at 11:24 AM.

I'm hoping to incorporate this poem into my wedding vows on October 11th
2007. As my fiance & I share a 'thing' for anchors.. he wanted the 'anchor'
incorporated into the ceremony. I researched poems & found Walt
It is also a clever analogy, I think for human/personal relationships...
and particulary appropriate to my relationship. The 'anchor' was the first
gift he gave me, on our 2nd meeting; he wears one himself.

"... 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."

Amanda J Burchell (m. Mike D. Cook: 11th October 2007)

BTW: Mike & I are both 50 years old... never too old! lol

Amanda Burchell from Australia
Comment 11 of 32, added on April 20th, 2006 at 10:16 AM.

thanks i needed this for homework it was pretty good

filip from United States
Comment 10 of 32, added on April 19th, 2006 at 2:42 PM.

yo yo yo i like this a lot i love it. It is one of the best pomes that i
had read

cody from United States
Comment 9 of 32, added on March 17th, 2006 at 11:03 AM.

I believe that a spider wasnt just a random creature to compare to, rather
Whitman brings it up to show what he has not yet achived. He is bringing
up the idea of nature vs. man and that the spider doesn't second guess, but
that it is confident in what it does, confident in where it casts its
filament. On the other side, the personas soul is capable of second
guessing, isolated and is merely "fling{ing}" his thread, hoping to someday
be like the spider.

J from United States
Comment 8 of 32, added on February 15th, 2006 at 7:37 PM.

I think this poem deals with lost souls, yes, but I think it also deals
with making connections to other people. The spider is casting its
gossamer out, trying to make a connection, just like we all need to reach
out and make connections with each other in order to break the "isolation"
in which both we and the spider hang.

Comment 7 of 32, added on February 10th, 2006 at 12:37 PM.

I belive that we are all like the spider. We have no consequnce of life
or death, we start dying the moment we are born. We have to reach our
goals, find our identity before it is too late and the final bell has
toled. We are all patient to find our identity and compared to other
creatures that may be out there we are noiseless and silent. We fling
suicidally from branch to corner looking for somewhere to rest, something
to be.

Socrates Volkova from United States
Comment 6 of 32, added on February 6th, 2006 at 9:50 PM.

I think he is relating us to that spider, it's sending out hisself to his
oppurtunities, evertirelessly unrealing trying to find more about his
sourndings. Yet we are the same trying to acheive or goals, opening
outselves to try to figure out the world around us. Were stuck where we are
"till the gossamer thread you fling" i dunno this is what i got from it.

Frank from United States
Comment 5 of 32, added on February 6th, 2006 at 9:52 PM.

i really quite like this poem, its awesome, i love the way he compares the
spider, endlessly striving to reach its goal of spinning its web to the
soul endlessly striving to find an identity! its such a random comparison
and its awesome!

Comment 4 of 32, added on January 26th, 2006 at 10:35 PM.

the spider is forever creating its web to explore its vast surroundings.
this is compared to the speaker's soul because the soul is "ceaselessly
musing." it is always searching for spiritual fulfillment within its
"measureless oceans of space," similar to the spider's vast surroundings.

i don't think the soul is waiting for a body as stated below. I think the
soul is trying to...kinda discover itself. its in search of its identity,
which it will not find until it creates the bridge between itself and
whatever it is that it needs to find.

anonymous from United States
Comment 3 of 32, added on November 1st, 2005 at 7:50 AM.

in Russia, spider is term for a womans vagina. My dogs spider is leaking
right now!

peter from Russia

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Information about A Noiseless Patient Spider.

Poet: Walt Whitman
Poem: 10. A Noiseless Patient Spider.
Volume: Leaves of Grass
- 18. Whispers of Heavenly Death
Year: 1900
Added: Feb 7 2004
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Poem of the Day: Dec 25 2004

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