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There is no Frigate like a Book by Emily Dickinson


Like many of Dickinson's poems, "There is no Frigate like a Book" contains many different variations of punctuation. The version below is believed to be the original version as Dickinson intended it, unedited. However, there's no way to know for sure. As well, the original date of writing is unknown.

In this poem Dickinson talks about her pleasures of reading. She uses the following metaphors: a "frigate" is seen as a vessel capable of traveling at fast speeds, a "courser" is a swift horse, and a "Chariot" refers to the ride the human soul is taking (the body).

Johnson number: 1263


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 opress of Toll-
How frugal is the Chariot
That bears the Human soul

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Literary Movement
19th Century


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