1 Answer | Add Yours
The question reminds me of Emily Dickinson's poem "The is no Frigate like a Book."
There is no Frigate like a BookTo take us Lands awayNor any Coursers like a PageOf prancing Poetry –This Traverse may the poorest takeWithout oppress of Toll –How frugal is the ChariotThat bears the Human Soul –
Here, Dickinson uses a frigate (or a warship) to illustrate the power of a book. The poem speaks to one of the many reasons why people read: to visit "lands away." Reading offers an escape for many readers.
Outside of escape, there are many powerful reasons for why one may read. Here is a list of reasons why a person may read.
-For a school assignment.
-For educational purposes (extending one's vocabulary or educating one on history, science, math, etc).
-In order to "associate" with like-minded thinkers (philosophers, philanthropists).
-To find shared experiences (battling depression, bi-polar disorder, suicidal thoughts, mental disorders).
-To visit "other worlds" (think 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea)
- To be frightened (Frankenstein), challenged/moved (A Child Called It), or entertained (Through the Looking Glass)
Regardless of the reason one picks up a book, the importance lies behind one's continuance of reading. It really only takes (for some) that one book which sparks an interest in reading.
We’ve answered 330,772 questions. We can answer yours, too.Ask a question