Posted by: shorelineclusterpoets | January 8, 2010

Found Poetry Friday

Another feature I’d like to include here will be called “Found Poetry Friday.”  I’m not talking about a poem that you “find” scattered in the words on Home Depot flyer that arrives in the mailbox or a similar “found” piece (although that might be fun too…). This will be where we can put up a famous poem(barring copyright issues, etc.)  or link to one to share… to get us reading, some old, some new, good bad whatever. I welcome this for your suggestions. Send them along and I’ll happily post.

For the first one, I choose a little Walt Whitman gem…

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 launched forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself.
    Ever unreeling them, ever tirelessly speeding them.

    And you O my soul where you stand,
    Surrounded, detatched, 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.
    Walt Whitman (1871)


  1. Thanks–I recently developed a renewed interest in Whitman–am looking for a good bio to read.

    I tend to put too much “I” in my early drafts, but of course Whitman reminds me that sometimes its OK to be personal. The beauty of this one is that he manages to be universal in his first person. I also noticed he used a fair amound of “ings”, but they totally work in this context!

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