Spiders, are not exactly cute and cuddly, and thus, many people tend to avoid them at all costs. One piece of advice, though, let them live! They're an important part of the ecosystem--including within your home environment!
I got to thinking about spider poems and my mind immediately went to, "come into my parlor, said the spider to the fly." It turns out that I have mis-remembered it. The line goes, "Will you walk into my parlour? said the spider to the fly." It is from "The Spider and the Fly" by Mary Howitt, which was first published in 1829.
Contrary to what I would have expected, there are many poems about spiders. From three line haiku to others, like "The Spider and the Fly," which is 7 stanzas long (44 lines).
Here's a sample haiku from Japanese poet, Issa, translated by Robert Hass:
Don’t worry, spiders,
I keep house
From The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa. [895.6 ESS]
A spider's skill in web-building provides a great subject for illustrators, too! Here are two examples from our collection. The first is from a book by Betsy Franco titled Bees, Snails, & Peacock Tails: Patterns & Shapes...Naturally, illustrated by Steve Jenkins [811.54 FRA].
The second is from an anthology, The Beauty of the Beast: Poems from the Animal Kingdom selected by Jack Prelutsky, and illustrated by Meilo So.
The Poetry Friday Round-Up is being held at The Miss Rumphius Effect, hosted by Tricia.