Subject Poem Journal 4
Posted by Jessy
Posted on Tue Dec 15 11:10:30 1998
From IP  

In the first place, the reason why I choose the poem "A Noiseless Patient Spider" is that I think it is rather interesting and meaningful. As far as I am concerned, spiders are kind of animal sickening. At the first sight, their appearances are very strange: small heads, big and round bodies, and eight thin and slight legs. However, in the poem, spiders are so dislikeful as I think. The first line of the first stanza, "noiseless" and "patient" are those words with positive meanings. It's good if a person is combined with the two characters---It feels that a person works hard without making any complaints. The image "It stood isolated on a little promontory" feels that in order to get off to a good start, one has to observe the environment around him before he begins to do something. He can see further and more clearly especially when he stands higher. "Vacant and vast surrounding" is just like a treasury with many valuable things, such as diamonds and KNOWLEDGE, which needs to be found or explored. The most interesting lines are "It launch'd forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself," "Ever unreeling them, ever tirelessly speeding them." Because it's really like the spider launched forth filament and then unreeled them whether it looks or sounds. "Filament" shows up three times in succession and "ever ~ing them" also appears twice, which makes me feel it worked not only regularly but also mechanically.
In the second stanza, the first thing I can't figure out is why the speaker call the spider "O my soul." I guess that maybe he models himself on the spider, expecting himself to be as diligent and hardworking as it. I'm not sure!! " Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, seeking the spheres to connect them" the line is the longest just like the spider was "ceaselessly" working. Besides, the varying lengths of line 1, 4, and 8 --- longer and longer, which makes the readers feel the spider did do his best to work well, keeping on connecting them. Furthermore, the three lines also show that the more patient and persevering we are, the more opportunity for us to become successful. In the last two lines "bridge" and "anchor" are things reliable. And after they are formed, the spider can reach anywhere it wants. It feels like one has to pave the way and be prepared before he decides to take the first step. And the "catch somewhere" maybe imply the goal.

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