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 the Human soul.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem There is no Frigate like a Book


  1. Duane Fitzhugh says:

    Reading is a spiritual endeavor.

  2. carms says:

    wow nice i love it>>>>>>>>>>>>>agree hahahahahahha

  3. joyce says:

    A book is compared to a ship because it will bring you anywhere you want to go without the use of money.
    A book is compared to a horse because after reading page 1, you are jumping to the next page just like a prancing horse.
    A book is compared to a cart because a book can carry your soul to another dimension of life like a place of fantasy.

  4. jelly alfaro says:

    ..,,,what kind of transportation did the author talking about.,,,,

  5. bubbles11 says:

    love it, very nice.

  6. moon says:

    what is the imagery in this poem ?

  7. Badr says:

    Very simple.. very true, and very beautiful. There is no frigate like a book. Absolutely, it is the only means that can take you ages back in time, and ages ahead in the future. As a magical carpet it carries you to the wonders of the far lost worlds, through the dark jungle with its old trees, above the golden shore of the unknown islands, to the mysterious lights of tomorrow’s worlds…

  8. Skylar Bobkins says:

    I really love this poem, figate, what a great word eh?

  9. Monica says:

    I had to study this for an honors lit class. The second half of the poem refers to a “frugal chariot.” What a way to depict the physical body in comparison to the mind and soul. Our bodies are frugal because they don’t hold the treasure of creativity. Also, the beauty of the physical appearance pales when compared to the work that comes from the heart.

  10. stacy and maddie walker says:

    My ten year old daughter asked me about my favorite poem. We found the poem on this site and here are our thoughts about it.
    There is no frigate like a book
    It is true that there is no ship or any way of travel, better than a book to take us to far away places. And a page of poetry can send us lands away too. Just by reading, we can imagine ourselves in other universes, under the sea, or on the soils of other countries.
    Even the poorest person may read about distant places without having to pay a fare to get there. Is not a book or a poem a cheap way to send our mind and heart any where it wants to go.

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