Are you down on your luck? Running low on funds? Feeling stuck in a rut? Never fear. As long as you have a library card and an open mind, you can escape any time you want – for free. At least, that's what Emily Dickinson suggests in "There is no Frigate like a Book." This poem reminds us that reading can always provide us with a kind of escape, because, no matter how poor we are, it doesn't cost a penny to travel in your imagination. Certain phrases in this poem – "oppress of Toll," we're looking at you (line 6) – suggest that the workaday world we live can be one of limitation and exclusion, but that the world of books doesn't have the same boundaries or requirements, and the soul is free to travel wherever it likes there.
In "There is no Frigate like a Book," Dickinson seems to think of reading purely as an escape from reality.
One could argue that the speaker is being sarcastic in her praise of reading.