“A Noiseless Patient Spider”
Through the word choice in the poem “A Noiseless Patient Spider” the poet, Walt Whitman, leads the reader to believe that the poem reveals a man searching for his purpose in life.
It begins with the first line repeating the title of the poem, reminding you what the poem is going to be about. It continues with the narrator marking “where on a little promontory it stood isolated”, creating a picture of a spider sitting alone in a high place, symbolizing it’s inferiority to everything else. The narrator then “marked how to explore the vacant cast surrounding” which expresses negative emotion with the use of the words “vacant” and “vast”. In the following line the reader gets the imagery of the spider launching “forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself” such as, in a literal sense, spinning a web. In the metaphorical sense the reader can understand that the filaments are the narrator’s attempts to latch onto something. The narrator’s repetition of the word “filament” expresses how many times the narrator has attempted to grasp hold of something in life. Line five continues with the idea of a spider and its filaments and that the spider is “ever unreeling them, ever tirelessly spinning them.” The use of the words “ever tirelessly spinning” creates an unhappy feeling. The spider’s work is a metaphor for a man’s struggle to create something substantial in life.
The next line presents a shift in which the narrator begins to speak about himself instead of the spider as he says “O my soul where you stand.” This shift causes the reader to begin to see the true meaning of the poem. The following sentence’s adjective, “detached”, and phrase “measureless oceans of space”, creates a feeling of loneliness and despair. The narrator is trying to show that his soul is set apart from everything else in the world. The next lines phrase “carelessly musing” conceives an apathetic mood while the phrase “seeking the spheres to connect them” proves...