He ate and drank the precious Words —

He ate and drank the precious Words —
His Spirit grew robust —
He knew no more that he was poor,
Nor that his frame was Dust —

He danced along the dingy Days
And this Bequest of Wings
Was but a Book — What Liberty
A loosened spirit brings —

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem He ate and drank the precious Words —


  1. Patrick says:

    I don’t think this poem is about the Bible, or any book specifically.

    What is more liberating than being literate?

  2. Gary says:

    Funny, not being the least bit religious I never thought of it as the bible. I think of it as books, any good book, setting your mind and soul free. ~ I’ve read many books in my time that have changed my life, opened doors that I didn’t know existed. ~~ The person that turned me on to this poem died yesterday. He was a very religious man. I suppose that part of the beauty is it can be about the bible and have that meaning for you and be about what I need and what it to be about for me.

    Wonderful poem. For me also it is about the only one I can recite.

  3. Casey Pierce says:

    Wow i love this poem

  4. Charity says:

    I agree with Tina. It has to be about the Bible!

  5. Tina Cole says:

    This has been one of my favorite poems for many years. Also, it’s one of the few I’m able to recite. I believe this poem is about the Bible. Why? Because it is the only book that could set a captive spirit free.

  6. meagan says:

    no1 said it was written in 1955 smart guy, if u didn’t notice a pattern.

  7. Jill Tucker says:

    The poem was not written in 1955 as you suggest. Dickinson lived in the 1800’s!!

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