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A Noiseless Patient Spider Walt Whitman, like many other poets use poems to show or get their complex ideas out there. In “A Noiseless Patient Spider” Walt Whitman establishes how the spider is trying to teach and show him something important. In the first stanza Whitman is watching as the spider goes on about its business. The spider is on a little promontory or peninsula all by itself where the surroundings are “vacant “and “vast.” The spider then sends out filament or a thread like fiber into the vacant and vast space around it. Even though the spider is alone with nothing surrounding it, it keeps on trying to make contact with something out in the open space. The spider does not get frustrated about the fact that he cannot make contact with something but is “noiseless” and patient” the entire time while trying to achieve its goal. In the second stanza Whitman makes an obvious parallel between the spider and himself. He says that his soul is “surrounded, detached, in measureless oceans of space” just like the spider is. The spider and the poet both want to make some sort of contact with something in the vast space. The reader could even say that the web of the spider and the poet’s soul are the same thing. His “soul” is throwing the spider filament. The comparison here is about desiring. The soul wants to have some meaning or important contact in the world. The spider just wants its threads to connect with something concrete. The poet's soul wants to connect with "the spheres." The sphere is the object of the poet's longing. The poet wants the bridge made strong so that the spider could fling its web and to catch on to something. Since the spider is trying achieving a certain thing it could be said that what he is trying to obtain has something to do with a goal in his life or even something to do with faith and his soul. By having the spider keep sending out its web it’s implicating that whatever he wants to achieve is very important to him.
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