As I was hiking through the forest, I kept on seeing thin, gossamer threads of spiderwebs above me—and to the right and left. These gossamer threads seemed so insubstantial, so not solid, that it was hard for me to believe they could support the weight of even something so light as a spider. Even the air wafting through these gossamer, flimsy strands seemed of the same slight consistency as these spiderwebs. Imagine my delight when some light hit the dew hanging on the gossamer threads, creating a beautiful luminous spectacle; I watched them, spellbound—until I saw thousands of spiders emerge!
Quiz: What does a poet mean if they describe a dragonfly’s wings as gossamer?
- They are disproportionately large compared to the body of the dragonfly.
- They are rather insubstantial, almost transparent, and airy in nature.
- They are fluttering too fast to be seen by the human eye.