poet Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman

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A Noiseless Patient Spider

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.

And you, O my Soul, where you stand,
Surrounded, surrounded, in measureless oceans of space,
Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing,—seeking the spheres, to connect them;
Till the bridge you will need, be form’d—till the ductile anchor hold;
Till the gossamer thread you fling, catch somewhere, O my Soul.

Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002
Poem Edited: Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Form: Sonnet


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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (7/23/2019 1:40:00 AM)

    Till the bridge you will need, be form’d—till the ductile anchor hold;
    Till the gossamer thread you fling, catch somewhere, O my Soul.

    beautiful poem
    great 10+++++++++++++++++

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (7/7/2019 9:25:00 AM)

    Minute observation of the poet regarding the silent and consistent efforts of a spider to form it's net and it's comparison with his soul's unending attempts to discover it's connects have made the poem a spirituality based and has given it deep meaning.

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  • Konab GhummanKonab Ghumman (6/30/2019 2:19:00 PM)

    And you, O my Soul, where you stand,
    Surrounded, surrounded, in measureless oceans of space,
    Ceaselessly musing, venturing,


    great poem

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  • jonny (3/8/2019 5:22:00 AM)

    spider! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

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  • Naani tetau (6/26/2018 3:05:00 PM)

    This is a good poem for love thank you so much music time now

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  • Britte NinadBritte Ninad (6/11/2018 4:48:00 AM)

    No venom in chelicerae!
    can't inject with venom!
    Eight legs are crawling silently
    google eyes! silence of fabrication
    breezy of south window
    swinging spider web
    sleepless eyes are in drowsiness
    drizzling coolness touches there everything
    a banned home!
    home of wayfarer
    since the birth of my sense
    haunted words of writing are on the wall
    everything is near of me- a dissected sense of insanity
    noiseless mad!

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (5/31/2018 5:09:00 AM)

    And you, O my Soul, where you stand,
    Surrounded, surrounded, in measureless oceans of space,
    Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, —seeking the spheres, to connect them;
    Till the bridge you will need, be form’d—till the ductile anchor hold;
    Till the gossamer thread you fling, catch somewhere, O my Soul.

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  • Edward VanWilliams (1/13/2018 10:50:00 PM)

    dis shit faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaake

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (12/10/2017 8:30:00 AM)

    So beautiful writings of this poem which narrates the minute details of world tragic moments.

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  • Sylvaonyema UbaSylvaonyema Uba (2/11/2017 6:59:00 AM)

    Well communicated!

    Sylva

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (11/2/2014 8:05:00 AM)

    Read this poem some time back. it left the impression that I can't forget. Just superb. Once I saw a spider in its web. The atmosphere was as such that I ended up writing that impression.

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  • Madhumitha MuraliMadhumitha Murali (11/2/2014 4:03:00 AM)

    Nice, symbolism of life.

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  • Aftab Alam KhursheedAftab Alam Khursheed (11/2/2014 2:21:00 AM)

    A noiseless, patient spider and, Till the gossamer thread you fling, catch somewhere, O my Soul. A comparison 'tween soul's act and the act of spider and insisted keep patience, be patient..and this is the best thing..

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  • Brian JaniBrian Jani (7/14/2014 3:48:00 AM)

    i like how you approached this topic.this is brilliant poetry

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (4/25/2014 3:39:00 AM)

    nice and awesome poem from the great poet.

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  • Walter White (1/4/2014 6:24:00 AM)

    Life, it needs structure.

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  • Paul BrookesPaul Brookes (11/2/2012 8:43:00 AM)

    I'm beginning to think Mr Straw doesn't like any poetry from the past. Mind you his own poetrys not much to write home about in my opinion.

    Of course those who can do and in this case can't criticise. Nowhere in the poem does Whitman say a spider has thought or conscious actions so I'm not sure where he got that from.

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  • Leonid Gonzalez (11/2/2012 7:11:00 AM)

    Sorry, second edition leaves of grass.

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  • Leonid Gonzalez (11/2/2012 7:09:00 AM)

    I bought a volume two of his leaves of grass hard bounded, at a garage sale complete with the hard case. It is truly a wonderful book. I bought it not knowing who he was, and was introduced to the world of poetry. To be uninfluenced by todays society, technology, and world events, to be able to write poetry such ad this. Our world ad we know it is so small compared to theirs back then. To be unifluenced by today.

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    M Asim NehalM Asim Nehal(10/7/2016 3:46:00 PM)

    True......................

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  • Sedative N BenjaminSedative N Benjamin (11/2/2012 3:10:00 AM)

    where u stand... where u stand...

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