The latter lines convey the restless soul and its search to reach eternity. The poet comes across a solitary spider on a promontory, sitting in its web alone and isolated. It’s doing the trickiest, most uncertain part of the job: It’s shooting out lots of little strings, trying to get one of them to stick to something. As we watches closely, the spider secretes its filament to create a web, as if to explore the vacant space around it through the web. The poet here notes the spider’s tireless efforts and he is immediately reminded of his soul and the soul of man in general.
“A Noiseless Patient Spider” Through the word choice in the poem “A Noiseless Patient Spider” the poet, Walt Whitman, leads the reader to believe that the poem reveals a man searching for his purpose in life. It begins with the first line repeating the title of the poem, reminding you what the poem is going to be about. It continues with the narrator marking “where on a little promontory it stood isolated”, creating a picture of a spider sitting alone in a high place, symbolizing it’s inferiority to everything else. The narrator then “marked how to explore the vacant cast surrounding” which expresses negative emotion with the use of the words “vacant” and “vast”. In the following line the reader gets the imagery of the spider launching “forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself” such as, in a literal sense, spinning a web.
In the opening line of the poem, MacCraig provides the reader with a simile, comparing the ___________________ to _____________________________. This description is also oxymoronic as lightning is described as ‘tame’, whereas is nature lightning is often wild, explosive and threatening. By comparing ‘straws’ to ‘tame lightnings’, MacCraig gives the impression ………………………………………………… Another descriptive device is given in the run-on line in relation to the straws which ‘ hang …………………..’ which suggests that …………………………………… . In the second line of the first line a simile is used again ‘green as glass’. Here the poet is describing …………………………………………….
Cowan Donovan Mrs. Poirier English 122 26 September 2014 “The large ant” and Formalism Formalism is a very harmonic style of literary criticism. To be a formalist is to believe that all parts to a story work together and follow a set line of criteria. Only what is on the page is taken into account. Although formalism is a well-known style, it is not appropriate for Howard Fast’s short story “The Large Ant”. Using Formalism to interpret cannot be effective because the readers need to understand the background information.
The hard T’s on little, promontory, it, stood, isolated, to, vacant, vast; exploring every possible way to make each “filament” distinct from the other two. In fact, the entire first stanza is full of hard T’s making the idea of the spider still intimidating and then coming in with the second stanza to make it seem hardworking and almost endearing. Whitman also uses repetition to his advantage, and often; mark’d, filament, ever, surrounded, till, O my Soul….so many repeated phrases and words that at first seemed redundant but ultimately reach out to make an impact and bring his point about the spider, and himself, across perfectly. His use of language is absolutely awe-inspiring in the second stanza, beautifully pairing words to make gasp-inducing phrasing. The first time I read the poem, the language struck me most; “Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing.” That line really brings across the spider’s struggle to spin its web, how quickly it must move and how often it
The question is absurd: / Had anything been wrong, we should certainly / have heard”. With these last lines comes the deeper meaning of the poem, and the realization of the death of the irony. Verbal irony, for instance, depends on our noticing the incongruity between the speaker’s words and their meaning; an ironic point of view, by contrast, plays upon a discrepancy between the author’s attitude and that of the speaker; dramatic irony requires us to compare the limited knowledge of the speaker or character with our more complete and far-reaching knowledge.” It becomes clear that the citizen is only “unknown” to the speaker because in this statistical gathering of data a man’s individuality and identity are lost. This bureaucratic society only bases their knowledge of a person off of external, easily-catalogued modes of
Out Out By Robert Frost “How effectively does Outfoxed position its audience to question the ethical behaviour of the Fox News Corporation?” ‘Out Out’ is a poem which subtly identifies significant ideas through the use of a number of concepts and techniques. The poet Robert Frost uses concepts including exploring futility, and the unpredictability of life to emphasise to the audience the deeper meaning of his first, seemingly shallow poem. The audience first interprets his poem as being simple and unsophisticated because of the language, and structure used. When analysed further, it is shown that through the use of repetition, imagery and direct speech, the poem ‘Out Out’ identifies a number of powerful ideas in a subtle manner. In the Narrative poem, Frost explores the idea of nihilism.
/Each year I hoped they'd keep, knew they would not.” This rhyme is when Heaney becomes cynical of the berries and learns that all things must die. These two rhyming couplets, one at the beginning and one at the end, act as a framing device for the poem. They also invite the reader to compare these two sections, highlighting the contrast in Heaney’s emotional state. Just as rhyme is important to the poem, so too is symbolism. The main symbol in this poem is, of course, the blackberry.
Uliana Klepinina Professor Gary Schmidgall English 252 24 March 2014 A ductile rewriting by W. Whitman “A Noiseless Patient Spider” In his poem “A Noiseless Patient Spider” Whitman uses the simple imagery of a spider to portray a deeper human emotion. With the entire poem making use of a spider as a metaphor for a human, the reader can get a good understanding of the loneliness and the determination that one might feel to ceaselessly cast out their soul until it catches on to the soul of another. Sometimes it takes a lot of hard work and determination in order for another person to understand you or “till the bridge you will need, be form'd – till the ductile anchor hold.” Therefore, especially for writer, it is important that the readers will follow his ideas and comprehend the meanings. In my opinion, the last published version of this poem is more clear for readers and Whitman wisely made all the alterations and deletions to simply and explicitly convey his thoughts. The last version of the poem contains two five-line stanzas, and the prior has only two three-line stanzas.
I chose to analyze "The Road Not Taken" and "Nothing Gold Can Stay" because of the hidden philosophical views. Essentially, that is what Robert Frost is about, "hiding" his personal feelings, leaving it up to the reader to interpret the meanings. "The Road Not Taken" is such a thought-provoking poem. It reminds me of my own recent choice in changing my life's path to the "one less traveled by." And "Nothing Gold Can Stay" reminds me that not even nature has perfection forever, and to live life to the fullest with those I love most, because life is brief, just like the "early flower."