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There is no Frigate like a Book

There is no Frigate like a Book


by Emily Dickinson

Analysis: What's Up With the Title?

Nothing unusual here – Emily Dickinson didn't give any of her poems names (though some more conventional editors did), so in this day and age, we just refer to her poems by their first lines. These are often kind of bizarre and a wee bit cryptic, and this poem is no exception. When you just hear "There is no Frigate like a Book," it immediately captures your imagination – after all, what can books and boats possibly have in common, except the letter "B" (oh fine, and "O," too)? Guess you'll just have to read the poem to find out.

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