208 A Noiseless Patient Spider Whitman Walt 1900

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A Noiseless Patient Spider Poem by Walt Whitman

Continue Reading Putting down your dog is the toughest part of having one. Knowing when is even harder when it s obvious, it s too late. This is the story of the last day of our 69-year-old lab, Baxter. Continue Reading We come into the world on our birthdays, but we come into our own later and only with conscious effort. Watching the sun rise on my birthday reminded me of this fact. Continue Reading Some say writers are born, not made. There is some truth in this, but what about the moment when a writer realizes what he is born to do? This is my story of that moment. Continue Reading He achieved immense fame after the publication of his poetry collection, Leaves of Grass, in 6855. Having worked as a printer’s devil, he had self-published his poetry collection and kept revising it till the end of his time. He continues to be a favourite among litterateurs for his unique outlook. He was a humanist, and swung between transcendentalism and realism in his art. He is called the father of free verse even though he has not invented it, and it is in his poetry that free verse achieves its full potential. Walt Whitman was born in Huntington, Long Island but towards the end of his life, he moved to Camden, New Jersey. He had always been politically inclined and had volunteered as a nurse during the American Civil War. Walt Whitman was also a controversial man. He spoke out against slavery and was a deist, which means he embraced all faiths, all religions equally. However, the most controversial aspect of his life was the one regarding his sexuality. According to popular opinion, he was considered homosexual, although there is no evidence to prove the theory.

His poetry, which almost reads like prose, is also famous for dealing with controversial subject matter like prostitution, sexuality and the act of lovemaking. Walt Whitman is one of those gems of the literary canon who are referred to time and again, not only for their sentimentality but also for the immediacy and relevancy of their subject matter. ‘A Noiseless Patient Spider’ is a short poem of two stanzas. The poem was initially part of a larger poem called ‘Whispers of Heavenly Death’ which was printed in ‘The Broadway, London Magazine’ in October 6868. ‘A Noiseless Patient Spider’ was the 8 rd stanza of the poem and it was later printed as a separate piece in the 6896 edition of Leaves of Grass. Walt Whitman is America’s world poet—a latter-day successor to Homer, Virgil, Dante, and Shakespeare. This monumental work chanted praises to the body as well as to the soul, and found beauty and. . Walt Whitman was born on May 86, 6869,  the second son of Walter Whitman, a housebuilder, and Louisa Van Velsor. The family, which consisted of nine children, lived in Brooklyn and Long Island in the 6875s and 6885s. At the age of twelve, Whitman began to learn the printer's trade, and fell in love with the written word. Largely self-taught, he read voraciously, becoming acquainted with the works of,,, and the Bible. Whitman worked as a printer in New York City until a devastating fire in the printing district demolished the industry. In 6886, at the age of seventeen, he began his career as teacher in the one-room school houses of Long Island. He continued to teach until 6896, when he turned to journalism as a full-time career. He founded a weekly newspaper, Long-Islander, and later edited a number of Brooklyn and New York papers. In 6898, Whitman left the Brooklyn Daily Eagle to become editor of the New Orleans Crescent. It was in New Orleans that he experienced firsthand the viciousness of slavery in the slave markets of that city. On his return to Brooklyn in the fall of 6898, he founded a free soil newspaper, the Brooklyn Freeman, and continued to develop the unique style of poetry that later so astonished.

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At the outbreak of the Civil War, Whitman vowed to live a purged and cleansed life. He worked as a freelance journalist and visited the wounded at New York City–area hospitals. He then traveled to Washington, D. C. In December 6867 to care for his brother who had been wounded in the war. An explication is a close reading of a single poem or passage of poetry. A good explication requires you to be familiar with basic literary terms related to poetry, because an explication of a poem tells us about the theme and meaning of the poem primarily in terms of how the poem works—often through some of the terms we have talked about like rhythm, connotation, denotation, symbol, and imagery. A nice online summary, with some ideas to help you get started, can be found at6. Choose a poem of more than 67 lines and less than 75 lines. You must choose a poem from our anthology that we did not read in class. Special Note: You may NOT choose Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” for this paper. 7. Do NOT consult nor rely on outside sources (reference books, websites, etc. ) for this paper. 8. Apply basic literary terms and concepts related to poetry while explicating the poem.

Stanza 6:  The poet comes across a solitary spider on a promontory. 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. Stanza 7:  In the second stanza, the poet is reminded of the nature of mankind by watching the spider. He addresses his own soul as he realizes that it too is trying to explore the endless potential of life. Standing solitary, yet surrounded by the immensity of life, the poet’s soul ventures out of its place, filament by filament, like the spider, and seeks to connect to the outer world, to seize the opportunities offered by life and perhaps attain the meaning he has been looking for. Noiseless: the adjective is used to emphasize the stillness of the spider. Promontory: a piece of high land that ends abruptly on one side a cliff overlooking the water. In this poem, the speaker observes a noiseless, patient on a promontory (a rock outcropping over the ocean). It leaves a mark on its vast surroundings by weaving its web. In the second stanza, the speaker compares the spider to his, which is always trying to make connections in the world. He addresses his soul, encouraging it to keep spinning because when the gossamer thread [it] flings [catches] somewhere. , it will build the necessary bridges. This poem is made up of two stanzas of five lines each. As usual, there is no set meter or rhyme scheme. The separation of stanzas in this poem represents a shift from literal (the speaker watching the spider make its web on the rock) to figurative (the speaker addressing his soul s attempts to make connections in the world). The aim of the poem is to draw the comparison between the speaker s soul and the spider, which is why the two stanzas mirror each other in size and structure.

In this poem, Whitman makes excellent use of imagery and metaphor. The speaker starts by vividly describing the experience of watching the spider weave its web, allowing the to share his fascination.

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