Poem of the Week: There Is No Frigate Like a Book by Emily Dickinson

25 February 2012

Yes, I know this is a wee bit late, but better late than never, right? :) Emily Dickinson's "There is no frigate like a book" was the subject of a recent poetry explication I wrote for school, and I fell in love with the short, yet brilliant verses in the process. This poem dramatizes the conflict between what is seen and what is unseen, showing that oft the most real things in the world are the things one cannot see. The speaker illustrates the many thrills and adventures the world presents, pairing each with proof that reading good literature can satisfy these longings just as well. I hope you enjoy!

{photo via pinterest}

There is no frigate like a book
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!

Before I close this post up, I must make one quick and congratulatory announcement to Miss Jessica S. — winner of my writing contest! For winning first place, her poem, Dancing Feet, will be shared here on Literary Lane as the Poem of the Week next Friday. Be sure to stop by and read it!

And now I must go and answer the laundry's beckoning. :P I hope each of you are enjoying this beautiful afternoon! 

5 epistles:

  1. hey, cool!! thanks for choosing me =D can't wait.

    xoxo,
    Jessica @ Diary of a Beautiful Soul

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  2. That has been one of my favorite poems ever since I was little. :)

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  3. This is a really lovely little poem, though I've not read it before. And I love the image from Pinterest... I was taking a photo shoot with two of my sisters with poses of us reading today, like the one above ^, but not so Victorian and pretty!

    Congratulations to Jessica, I look forward to reading the poem =D.

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  4. This poem has always been one of my favorites!

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