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(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886 / Amherst / Massachusetts)

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A Book

There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry.
This traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot
That bears a human soul!

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003


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  • * Sunprincess * (1/9/2014 1:08:00 PM)

    .........nice thoughts on the chariot...

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  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (10/15/2013 10:56:00 AM)

    On those frigates have I traveled wide
    Round this globe with its fairy charms
    Hours and hours I did enjoy and bide
    With books of every kind in my arms....

  • Stephen Loomes (10/8/2013 7:49:00 PM)

    Mistress of the mixed metaphor

  • Manohar Bhatia (9/13/2013 8:06:00 AM)

    Hi,
    Comparing chariot with a book is impossible, but Emily has done it beautifully in her very sweet and short poem, that speaks volumes about a human soul, who is always restless, trying to find a centre in a circuference of life.
    Manohar Bhatia.

  • Barucn Atta (7/29/2013 3:53:00 PM)

    Navid: when the poet uses the word like - it is not a metaphor, it is a simile. Like a book, is a simile.
    The indefinite article a is correct here. If she said the human soul it would imply that a book any book, carries the entire human soul, everyone, everywhere. And that is not the meaning. A human soul implies that a book carries the reader, as she reads. One book, one person. One person per book.
    Frugal is also appropriate. A book is much cheaper than a car or boat, by far, today, and even in the days of Miss Dickinson.

  • * Sunprincess * (9/27/2012 12:21:00 PM)

    I love books..a very impressive write, Emily..thank you.. :)

  • * Sunprincess * (9/27/2012 12:20:00 PM)

    I love books, and a very impressive write, Emily..thank you.. :)

  • Annamaria Fernandez (3/20/2012 3:07:00 PM)

    I luv this poem btw check mi poem out type in trying to hide the tears

  • Aya Kishiko (9/5/2011 4:31:00 AM)

    It's very nice.. ^_^..pfufufufu..his poetry is awesome

  • Rebecca Bell (8/31/2010 2:24:00 PM)

    This is so true! I love reading.

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