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There is no Frigate like a Book

There is no Frigate like a Book


by Emily Dickinson

There is no Frigate like a Book Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. What effect do the transportation-related images in this poem have on you as a reader? How do they ask you to think about the act of reading?
  2. How do books take us on these imaginary journeys? What happens to you when you read?
  3. What is the significance of the phrase "the Human soul" in line 8? Why not say "the Human imagination," or something like that?
  4. The idea of reading being a kind of actual portal or a trip to another world is pretty common in literature and in the movies (we're thinking of The Never-Ending Story – a totally Eighties-style blast from the past). Can you think of any books or movies you've encountered that play with this idea?
  5. Would this poem work if it were about movies? "There is no Frigate like a Film…" Why or why not?

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