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The Spider in Poetry

Updated on May 19, 2018

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Poem by Emily Dickinson

Interpreting the Poem

The poem by Emily Dickinson "A Spider Sewed at Night" can be interpreted several different ways. One interpretation is that the spider represents the poet because the spider the same as the poet creates something from within. It is believed that poets use feelings and thoughts to write poetry. The spider creates its web from its body. Some think that the spider is representing God and the spider "sewing" is symbolic of God's creating. The line "If ruff it was dame of shroud of gnome Himself, himself inform" can be interpreted as saying God's plans are only known by Him. The last stanza of the poem can be interpreted as the written word being immortal or as God creating things built out of nothing. The poem can be and has been interpreted in several different ways.

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Poetry is a fresh morning spider-web telling a story of moonlit hours of weaving and waiting during the night."

— Carl Sandburg

Analysis of "a Noiseless Patient Spider"

The poem by Walt Whitman is comprised of two stanzas with five lines each. There is neither a meter or a rhyme scheme. In the poem he is making a comparison between the spider and his soul. The reason Whitman sees his soul as being similar to the spider is because they both have to use their own skills to make connections while searching for meaningful and strong bonds. In the beginning of the poem the spider is described as being isolated and seemingly hopeless. However, at the end of the poem its web is finished and it rests the same as the soul eventually makes strong bonds and connections.

The Black Widow

The dark, black, wicked hairy legs of the spider

Are crawling, creeping along the willow tree

Making the graceful spider’s dance a little wider.

It was the dark secret kept in the dark corners of the forest.

While it was spewing out a light, white, silky like thread

I was spying on nature’s dark legend like I was a tourist

This was a masterpiece, an art form from the crypts of the dead.

Its work was meticulous weaving its sparkling intricate white web.

While dancing, prancing, working its soul had fled.

It went up to the stars and back down to the luscious green canopy of the forest.

It was very silently waiting for what its work had led,

To find what it had been working for so long.

Finally it was done weaving its trap.

Its stalk was deadly but it was all done silently.

Its tiny hairy body took a long nap.

Suddenly it felt the ultimate pull.

A small insect had flown unknowingly into the white thread.

The fly was dieing.

It was soon to be dead.

Then the spider gathered it and stored it in a safe place.

If only you had seen the horrified look on its face.

It was all stored in an intricate white sack.

Then the spider returned to its white world of sparkling, silky, white lace.

It was a combination of beauty and horror, an analogy to human existence.---Megan Fricke

Analyzing the Poems

This poem is written by a modern poet, Megan Fricke and taken from the book God Willing and the Creek Don't Rise. This book is sold on Amazon. It appears to be written in quatrains or four line stanzas with cross- rhyme or the first line and the third rhyme even though the second and fourth do not rhyme. There is reference to the spider having a soul and at the end it appears to be a comparison between the spider and human existence. The poem has never really been interpreted. What all three poems have in common is that they are comparing a spider making its web to something else. Emily Dickinson was either saying the spider was God or herself. Whitman was using it as a metaphor for the soul. Megan Fricke appears to be using the spider weaving its web as an analogy to human existence. The poems are very different and written in different styles. Yet, they share similarities and differences at the same time.

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