A Noiseless Patient Spider
A Noiseless Patient Spider
by Walt Whitman

Tough-O-Meter

We’ve got your back. With the Tough-O-Meter, you’ll know whether to bring extra layers or Swiss army knives as you summit the literary mountain. (10 = Toughest)

(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.

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