Essay On A Noiseless Patient Spider

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In the two poems “A Noiseless Patient Spider,” by Walt Whitman and ‘‘’Hope” is a Thing With Feathers,” by Emily Dickinson both use rhetorical devices to make the reader better imagine and think clearly about the poem. Rhetorical devices are found throughout both poems and are use to make the words sound and flow much better. Extended Metaphors are used to make the poem more interesting and makes the reader think more about the meaning of the poem. “A Noiseless Patient Spider” and ‘‘’Hope” is a Thing With Feathers” both use imagery, personification and an extended metaphor to help the reader better understand the themes. In “A Noiseless Patient Spider” and ‘‘’Hope’’ is the thing with feathers” use imagery which makes poems words flow together and puts an image in the…show more content…
In “A Noiseless Patient Spider” Whitman uses an extended metaphor to describe the narrator's soul as a silent spider. In “An Noiseless Patient Spider” an example of the extended metaphor is “A noiseless patient spider/I mark’d where on a little promontory it stood isolated.” (1-2) The spider is being compared to the narrator's soul because later on in the poem the narrator says “And you O my soul where you stand/ Surrounded, detached, in measureless oceans of space.” (6-7) These quotes tell the reader that this poem has an extended metaphor between the spider and the narrator's soul because in the first quote it says the spider is isolated and alone. The second quote explains how the narrator's soul is also alone and is lonely. In ‘‘’Hope” is a thing with feather’’ there is an extended metaphor of a bird and hope because the quote ‘‘’Hope” is a thing with feathers- that perches in the soul-” This is a metaphor between a bird and hope because a bird perches and it has feathers. Extended metaphors help us understand the theme of the poem because both of the metaphors are related to the
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