A Noiseless Patient Spider – Poem by Walt Whitman with Recording

i_057 spiderA Noiseless Patient Spider was written by Walt Whitman in the 1860’s. The spider in this poem is a metaphor for the human soul.

Listen to an mp3 recording of the poem while reading along with the text below…

MP3 Recording of A Noiseless Patient Spider


A Noiseless Patient Spider


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.


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.


Read by Peter Yearsley.

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