Subject A Noiseless Patient Spider
Posted by Peggy
Posted on Tue Dec 15 12:35:42 1998
From IP  

In comparison to the other poems, I think :A Noiseless Patient Spider ; is easier for me to understand. So I choose the poem to write a journal.
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.
In the first stanza, it describes how a spider weaves its web. A spider always launches a lot of filament from its little body to knit a web noiselessly and quietly. And few people would notice it. So, we must have this experience to find a complete spider web in the corner or somewhere suddenly, never know when it appears. And the spider would reweave again and again patiently if rain, wind, people, or anything had destroyed the web. It never stops spreading its filament to connect the surrounding. Try to not be so isolated anymore. In the forth line, the word :filament; repeats three times. It maybe means that the spider launches spread again and again without stopping. And this is the only action it does, which seem a little uninteresting and monotonous without changes.
And you O my soul where you stand,
Surrounded, detached, 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.
In the second stanza, the speaker starts to show his feeling. He uses :O my soul; to attract to readers・ attention. A person who is isolated and detached tries to build a bridge to connect outside. Just like the spider to weave its web to explore its world. In the third line, the speaker uses many verbs to describe what people do, including musing, venturing, throwing, and seeking, not only repeating a word again. It makes me feel that people・s actions are more powerful and live and various with changes not just like what a spider does, only launching filament. And in the last two lines, the word :till; repeats in the beginning of each sentence. It maybe means people try hardly and keep finding a way to connect the surrounding, never giving up until they complete the bridge connecting outside.
After reading this poem, it seems that the spider is a simple as the speaker・s soul. An isolated soul tries to connect others in the surrounding. Just like a spider to broaden its world by spinning silk little by little. And in each stanza, we can see the line length gets longer and longer, it seems that the spider・s web or the bridge does more and more complete day after day.
Yahoo! The last journal for poetry! I・m so happy that I can finish it. YA!

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