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 foregrounds the simple pleasure of reading an enjoyable book by four striking metaphors: 1. A book is compared to a "frigate" - a light sailing vessel capable of travelling at high speeds. 2. light verse is compared to a "courser" - a very swift horse. 3. The escapist pleasure which an enjoyable read provides is compared to a toll free highway which even the poorest of the poor can afford. 4. The human body is compared to the "chariot" which bears the human soul which enables an individual to enjoy the inexpensive - "frugal" - pleasure of reading which enlightens and liberates the human mind. Explanation:
emily instigates the avid poetry-lovers through this poem to take on poetry for the pleasure of reading which carries you to distant places imagined by the personna.it is a piece of provocation for the poem lovers who love to read.i think it is the best method to read a poet's mind.follow the piece of imagery one has used to understand the poem.this method works if someone wishes to lay in trance and go in some other 3rd world.Coming back to the poem,a book is the best and most viable solution or alternative to flit or cruise rather than a ship.it is somewhat close to sleep-walking.emily further goes on to say that nomore war-horses are there which could carry someone to far-away places.The pages of a book are inexpensive and they can carry one to distant places with their dancing text in comparison to those expensive horses.she gives a clear indication of her feelings towards the oppressed class.furher on she gives an opportunity to the poors who can easily through the lines of book traverse here and there without being charged a single penny.finally she ends saying that...
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