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A Noiseless Patient Spider Summary & Analysis
by Walt Whitman

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"A Noiseless Patient Spider" is a lyric poem written by the 19th Century American poet Walt Whitman. Whitman originally wrote the poem as part of a longer piece, "Whispers of Heavenly Death," for The Broadway, A London Magazine in 1868. The poem was later republished in an 1891 edition of Leaves of Grass. Although much shorter than many of his well-known poems, "A Noiseless Patient Spider" deals with one of the central concerns in Whitman's work: what it means to be an individual seeking and creating connections with the larger world.

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