A Noiseless Patient Spider Analysis

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“A Noiseless Patient Spider” by Walt Whitman depicts a man watching a spider spin its web, then realizing that he himself, can relate to the spider because he is shooting aimlessly into space, much like the webs of the spider. “The Loveliest of Trees” by A. E. Housman depicts a man looking at a beautiful cherry tree, then realizing that he will not live forever, and therefore he needs to make the most of every day. Both of these poems show transcendentalist ideas such as valuing nature, reflecting on oneself, being independant, and disregarding the values of others.

“A Noiseless Patient Spider” and “The Loveliest of Trees” both value nature. Walt Whitman in “A Noiseless Patient Spider” reveals that a spider is on his own in a large open space in nature. He later compares the spider to himself, meaning that he is by himself in nature. This whole poem takes place in nature, proving that Walt Whitman valued nature, much like transcendentalists do. A. E. Housman in “The Loveliest of Trees” writes about how beautiful cherry trees are. He refers to the cherry trees as the loveliest trees, meaning he thinks they are
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In “A Noiseless Patient Spider” the author says his soul is “detached” meaning it is not connected to someone else’s. This implies that he does not care what other people think. Also simply the fact that he is watching a spider build its web proves this because this is not a hobby that most people enjoy. In “The Loveliest of Trees” the author says “About the woodlands I will go to see the cherry hung with snow.” This shows that he is okay with not being interested in what other people are. He likes to look at trees, so that is what he is going to do. “A Noiseless Patient Spider” and “The Loveliest of Trees” both show main ideas of transcendentalism like valuing nature, reflecting on themselves, being independant, and disregarding the values of

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