There is no Frigate like a Book Literature and Writing Quotes
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There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away (lines 1-2)
These opening lines basically give away the main gist of the poem – reading a book carries our imaginations far away, even if our bodies remain in the same place.
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry (lines 3-4)
Here, Dickinson inserts a clever play on words: "prancing Poetry" matches up with the image of the written page as a lively horse ready to trot off with you, but it also plays upon the idea that lines of poetry have metrical "feet," or sets of syllables, that can also "prance."