Analysis of A Noiseless Patient Spider by Walt Whitman

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The topic of this poem is to explore the inner soul by ourselves. The poet talked to his soul and compared to a diligent spider which was spinning tirelessly. For me, it’s a poem which is used to improve people’s spiritual status. It can help us to have further understanding of ourselves. As a saying goes, “Before someone loves you, you must understand and love yourself.” The poem is just like an access to your mind and helps you know more about your mind. In this poem, the poet used some techniques. For example, in the second line, a little promontory means not only the capes, but also represents the branchlets where the spider shinned on. The poet further used metaphor in third line. He regarded the brancklets as an unmeasured world for the spider, and the spider needed to explore it by itself. Then the spider began to launch forth filament. The poet repeated “filament” three times because not only he wanted to emphasize on the spirit of the spider: perseverance, but also implied how anxious the poet was to seek union in his mind. Never give up and continue spinning are just like explore inner mind and never end. The tone of “O my soul” which was sighing with emotion to poet’s soul is some kind of encouraging and cheering up his mind. “The vacant vast surrounding” and “Measureless oceans of space” are corresponsive. Both of them mean the area the soul has to explore is too immense, just like expansive and broad space. The poet talked to his soul should be like the spider to connect his mind and outer environment, just like forming a bridge. “Ever unreeling them, ever tirelessly speeding them” and “Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, seeking the spheres” actually expressed the same idea in different words. Make your mind ductile like the gossamer being flung means you should open your mind and explore not only in your mind, but also out of the mind. The

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