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

  • Seamus O' Brian (12/22/2016 4:05:00 PM)

    How frugal is the chariot
    That bears a human soul!

    Perfectly elucidates the wealth and power of reading, available at minimal cost. Wonderful tribute.
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  • Shree Parno (10/20/2016 12:45:00 PM)

    Books are true companions or friends of human beings. Books are like bridges to the way of wisdom. (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (10/18/2016 1:59:00 AM)

    As usual knowledgeable...here is my dedication to you..
    Books hold the whole creation
    Its colour, creatures, character
    And the way it lived and is living..
    So they are godly
    In heart and mind
    Deem them too devout
    Ere you write or read
    Finished once
    Store them with godly care
    Ever they smell ambrosial
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  • Mizzy ........ (8/27/2016 11:24:00 AM)

    Great wisdom and superb use of well chosen script. Delightful short poem. (Report) Reply

  • (5/6/2016 5:14:00 AM)

    She has a unique way with words. I looked up coursers what a choice of word - - amazing. (Report) Reply

  • (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

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

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

  • (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

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

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

  • 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

  • (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 (9/13/2014 9:05:00 PM)

    Mrs Salome Malicdem_Montemayor taught this to us in high school.
    I'm glad.
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  • 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 (9/13/2014 1:29:00 PM)

    This is a Beautiful poem (Report) Reply

  • (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
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  • 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 (7/2/2014 2:05:00 PM)

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

  • (5/3/2014 9:20:00 AM)

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

  • Brian Jani (4/25/2014 5:35:00 PM)

    Awesome I like this poem (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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