There is no Frigate like a Book

In poem 1,286, There is no Frigate like a Book, we see a poetess who has taken the time to use punctuation to the maximum of her capacity. We will publish the original version. At least, this is considered as the original version of this poem written by Emily Dickinson.

About There is no Frigate like a Book

When searching using any search engine, you will find a variety of different versions of this poem. This is the version that Dickinson intended it to be. At least, that is what the general consensus is. When it comes to the date when she wrote this poem, there is much unclear.

Poetry is born from a wide range of inspiration. As for Dickinson, she did not always use the subjects we see a lot on the internet and in books. This is a poet, who shows her addiction to read.

The title is somewhat of a struggle since the word Frigate isn’t commonly used anymore. A Frigate is nowadays used as a name for a warship. At the time of Dickinson, it was also used to describe other vessels that were fast.

The word Frigate isn’t the only puzzle here. The word Courser doesn’t refer to the bird (see this link for more information about this bird group). It is a reference to a racing horse. During the Middle Ages, these horses were also used as warhorses.

Then there is the word Chariot. When searching for this word in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, you will find the following definitions:

1: a light four-wheeled pleasure or state carriage
2: a two-wheeled horse-drawn battle car of ancient times used also in processions and races

There are two options to go for. What is the right choice? Neither to be honest. This is a metaphor that is related to the first definition, but it, in this case, it’s a different journey. This is the human soul that is taking a journey. Or to keep it more close to horses: a ride.

In her own special way, Dickinson stresses out the importance to read. When reading a good book, one does not need the pictures. We can do great things with our minds and that is what Dickinson refers to.

There is no Frigate like a Book

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.

Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson Month

During this last month of the year, we publish as much background information about the American poetess Emily Dickinson. She was born on December 10th 1830 in the town of Amherst Massachusetts.

There is no Frigate like a Book
Article Name
There is no Frigate like a Book
Emily Dickinson and her view about reading books.
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The Ministry of Poetic Affairs

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