From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
A Noiseless Patient Spider

A Noiseless Patient Spider

  

by Walt Whitman

Analysis: Tough-O-Meter

(4) Base Camp

There are a few tricky words here, but once you’ve figured out the main image in the poem, it should be smooth sailing. Whitman likes to make his poems clear and accessible. Sometimes, though, he gets so involved in his private imagination that it’s a little hard to follow him. The end of this poem, particularly, is sort of mysterious.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Advertisement