Walt Whitman’s Poem Rhetorical Analysis Essay
Walt Whitman uses alliteration, anaphora, and an extended metaphor to develop the nature and the universal soul ideals of transcendentalism in his poem “A Noiseless Patient Spider” in order to successfully portray his own soul as a spider. His use of alliteration, such as “vacant, vast” greatly emphasizes his own isolation and loneliness. It describes the spider as being isolated in its environment which can compare to how Whitman feels his soul is isolated in the tremendous universe he lives in. He is unable to connect with others because of this immense isolation from the world around him. Through his isolation, he must figure out his own individual path apart from the rest of the universe.