A poetic experiment: Walt Whitman, interpreted by three animators – Justin Moore


As an experiment, we gave recordings of the same Walt
Whitman poem to 3 different animators. Each interpreted the text with no knowledge of what
the others were creating Here’s the result. “A Noiseless Patient Spider”
by Walt Whitman Interpretation #1 by Jeremiah Dickey,
Medium: Paint on Glass “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 launch’d forth filament,
filament, filament, out of itself, Ever unreeling them,
ever tirelessly speeding them. And you O my soul where you stand, Surrounded, detached,
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.” Interpretation #2 by Biljana Labovic,
Medium: Video “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 launch’d forth filament,
filament, filament, out of itself, Ever unreeling them,
ever tirelessly speeding them. And you O my soul where you stand, Surrounded, detached,
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.” Interpretation #3 by Lisa LaBracio,
Medium: Scratchboard “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 launch’d forth filament,
filament, filament, out of itself, Ever unreeling them,
ever tirelessly speeding them. And you O my soul where you stand, Surrounded, detached,
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.”

33 Replies to “A poetic experiment: Walt Whitman, interpreted by three animators – Justin Moore

  1. I liked the second. All three gave the poem totally different outward aspects which I internalized very differently. The first was a personal revelation. The second a wandering trip the third a drop in the ocean. I love this video!

  2. I found this after having just created an interpretation of the same poem myself, if anyone would like to see it on my channel. I love how all the animators and narrators expressed the poem in a way that gave it a different angle. Thanks for sharing

  3. Honestly the most important bit of this poem is the words. The only person that reads this IMO correctly is the first person.

  4. I like the second and the third one. The first one was trying to turn a canonical poem too much like spoken word.

  5. i just stumbled upon this video. it brings me joy and good memories- a teacher of mine showed us this same video and somehow it sparked something in me. i'm so glad it found its way back to me :')

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