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There Is No Frigate Like A Book Analysis

Please explain "There is no Frigate like a Book" by Emily Dickinson.

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Another educator already focused on the stylistic elements of the poem, so for my analysis, I will focus on the meaning and significance of Emily Dickinson's "There is no Frigate like a Book," taking it line by line.

First off, the title tells us almost everything we need to know about the poem, as do the first two lines of the poem:

There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away

A frigate is a type of boat, and boats are meant to take you to faraway places. Books, in Dickinson's opinion (and in the opinion of most avid readers), are even better than a ship at taking you to places you have never been before. You don't even have to leave your chair to visit places across the globe and go on grand adventures; all you have to do is read a book.

The next two lines are about poetry, which is just as adept at taking you out of your current location or state of being:

Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry –

"Coursers" are horses that in this case are meant to represent any form of...

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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 the book serves as the most economical and viable chariot which carries the human mind and soul to distant places.

emily has clearly conveyed us and especially for not-so avid book lover's and poor persons to read books which impart us with such great knowledge.she tries to get the poors to understand that that the words are stars of education which one must learn to get his dreams fulfilled.the poor people should try to read books which could carry them to places they cannot afford to go.

there is a message for the sect of people who wish to escape from reality for some kind of relief from their hectic life and this is it-books.   

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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.