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There is No Frigate like a Book

March 25, 2012

There is No Frigate Like a Book
– By Emily Dickinson

The poem conveys the power of a book and of poetry to take us to far off places into a world of imagination. Dickinson compares a book to a ship and she also says nothing can be compared to pages of poetry. A book can help in exploration and adventure. In this poem, a book is a rich symbol. Very definite and precise, the poem is not about any one book, but talks about the virtues of reading in general.

There is no frigate like a book

To take us lands away,

Nor any courses like a page

Of prancing Poetry;

This traverse may the poorest take

Without oppress of toll;

How frugal is the chariot

That bears the human soul

– Robin Age


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