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.
If the following paragraphs we will discuss in detail each phrase and how the spider and speaker relate. In the first stanza we read that the speaker is observing a spider with great detail: “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.” At this point it would appear that the speaker is almost mesmerized by the spider’s actions and very drawn to the web that is being created by this little creature. The isolation of this spider is what the speaker is feeling so he immediately can relate to the spider. The use of “how to explore the vacant vast surrounding,” initially makes you think that he is lonely but could also lead to the belief that he has much to explore around him. The spider has so much to explore but how is he going to do it?
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.
Explore the theme of loneliness in Of Mice and Men Whilst reading the novel, ‘Of Mice and Men’ it becomes apparent that loneliness, is one of the main themes that is carried throughout the book. This theme is symbolised in almost every character, each expressing loneliness in their own way. From Crooks, the misunderstood black man who wasn’t always discriminated against; Curley’s Wife, the only woman on the ranch who had dreams of being something much bigger, to the leading characters George and Lennie. Whether they are mentally alone or whether they have a fear of being alone, they all express loneliness. We are first introduced to the theme of loneliness when George is talking to Lennie about life on a ranch and how men on a ranch live compared to how they live, saying "Guys like us that work on ranches are the loneliest guys in the world.
The most baffling part of the poem was how he wrote about a spider…Who chooses that as a topic? And more so, who makes that topic into something as deep and abstract of a topic as his soul? To be honest, I didn’t get it. Not the first time I read it. Not the twenty-second time I recited it in my high school auditorium.
Throughout the poem Rosenberg reveals his perspective on the uselessness of war using symbolic images of a rat “A queer sardonic rat” to a creature that benefits and a poppy as a flower that can grow form dead corpses. The poet has used vibrant imagery, symbolism, phonetic techniques, along with other techniques to achieve & express the anger & sarcasm he felt towards the war. During this poem, Rosenberg’s usage of the relationship between animals and humans helps the readers to see the irony of the war. In the first verse the poet introduces the two symbolic images used in this poem, the rat & the poppy. As the poem continues, the soldier talks to the rat, as he says that the rat will we safe from the disturbance that is going on between the two fronts.
Steve is enraged, and declares revenge on Mr. Crepsley when he grows up. Unbeknownst to Steve, Darren has hidden in the theater, witnessing the confrontation and becoming wary of Steve. Darren develops an obsession for Madam Octa, and returns to the theater to steal her, using his knowledge of Mr. Crepsley's true nature to his advantage. He trains the spider in secret with a flute that forces the spider to obey his commands. Eventually, Steve visits Darren, demanding to know why Darren is avoiding him.
In the first stanza Ted Hughes you can see a metaphor when he says “a cool small evening shrunk” He is telling that the sun is going down now that night is about to come. You will also find onomatopoeic sounds such as “dog bark” and “the clank of a bucket”. When he says “and you listening he is referring to Frieda his daughter, Ted Hughes also uses the word “you” to clear that the poem goes to his daughter. “A spider’s web” is a metaphor to say that Frieda is listening stiffly, like a spider web. It’s also a personification because he is giving life to a spider’s web saying that the spider web is his daughter.