Emily Dickinson

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

A Book - Poem by Emily Dickinson

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!

Comments about A Book by Emily Dickinson

  • Haley Dundon (4/15/2016 11:58:00 AM)

    Oh books nothing better then the fun of books... I never thought anyone would ever make a poem about booms (Report) Reply

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal Mohammed Asim Nehal (2/1/2016 2:26:00 AM)

    Books are true friends on human.....one way friendship. (Report) Reply

  • Waseem Sherif (1/16/2016 5:11:00 PM)

    leave it to Emily Dickinson to squeeze so many beautiful feels and ideas in short poems. (Report) Reply

  • Neran Sati (10/8/2015 9:02:00 AM)

    There is no frigate like a book..

    There is no poet like Emily, neither poem like A Book (Report) Reply

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (9/21/2015 6:36:00 AM)

    a brief, gentle ode to Books/Poetry/Human Soul (Report) Reply

  • Houssam Mokhtari Houssam Mokhtari (12/7/2014 8:18:00 AM)

    Too many books too little timeunknown (Report) Reply

    Konstantin Gkegkas (5/19/2015 1:46:00 AM)

    not unknown frank zappa said good morning

    Konstantin Gkegkas (5/19/2015 1:45:00 AM)

    not unknown frank zappa said it good morning

  • Walterrean Salley (9/18/2014 3:25:00 AM)

    A nice tribute to poetry as well as books at large. Lovely poem. (Report) Reply

  • Naida Nepascua Supnet Naida Nepascua Supnet (9/13/2014 9:05:00 PM)

    Mrs Salome Malicdem_Montemayor taught this to us in high school.
    I'm glad. (Report) Reply

  • Naida Nepascua Supnet Naida Nepascua Supnet (9/13/2014 9:03:00 PM)

    we discussed this in high school with our english teacher Mrs. Salome Malicdem-Montemayor (Report) Reply

  • Melissa Furey Melissa Furey (9/13/2014 1:29:00 PM)

    This is a Beautiful poem (Report) Reply

  • Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (9/13/2014 5:17:00 AM)

    Yes books are our friends, philosophers, guide and they carry us miles away at no cost........phenomenal piece...
    there is a printing mistake here in the sentence without oppress of toll........instead it should be
    without oppress of toil........great poem by great writer (Report) Reply

  • N. K. N. K. (7/25/2014 10:41:00 AM)

    I love books. I read everyday. Everyone's writing has it's heart scratched across it's pages. Each writing has a human soul in it. (Report) Reply

  • Primrose Tee Primrose Tee (7/2/2014 2:05:00 PM)

    Me and books we are inseperable.l love the poem (Report) Reply

  • Angelina Holmes (5/3/2014 9:20:00 AM)

    Yes, who needs friends when you can have books! (Report) Reply

  • Brian Jani Brian Jani (4/25/2014 5:35:00 PM)

    Awesome I like this poem (Report) Reply

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

    .........nice thoughts on the chariot... (Report) Reply

  • 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.... (Report) Reply

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

    Mistress of the mixed metaphor (Report) Reply

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

    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. (Report) Reply

  • 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. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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