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A Noiseless Patient Spider Summary

By Walt Whitman

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A Noiseless Patient Spider Summary

Walt Whitman describes a spider beginning to work on its web. It’s doing the trickiest, most uncertain part of the job: trying to lay down the first line. It’s shooting out lots of little strings, trying to get one of them to stick to something. Then, to let you know that this poem isn’t just about a spider, the speaker tells us that this is a metaphor for the soul, which also explores and tries to connect.

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