Treasure Island

Emily Dickinson

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

There is no frigate like 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: Tuesday, May 15, 2001
Edited: Tuesday, May 15, 2001

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  • Fahim Afarin Asadi (6/20/2011 1:58:00 PM)

    The poem 'There is no Frigate like a Book' by Emily Dickenson provides motivations for people who are fond of reading books. The first line is comparing a frigate to a book. It says that no earthly frigate is like a book. A frigate is a kind of ship which is used to take people to far away lands. The same job can be applied for books, too. Reading poetry is not able to be compared to taking coursers. Poetry is motivating and it creates a fast move in humans. But, I don't think if coursers can motivate human beings. Travelling can be done to wherever one wants by reading books without paying any money. Chariot is alluding to the myth of Phaeton (from Greek Mythology) . (Report) Reply

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