Study Guide

There is no Frigate like a Book Sound Check

By Emily Dickinson

Sound Check

Okay, so maybe we're just getting super excited because we just saw Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, but this poem is sounding fun, swashbuckling, and frankly piratical to us right now. Reading it, imagine that you've just signed up for a thrilling voyage as a member of a pirate crew, and you're not sure where the ship will take you, or what adventures are in store. Picture your bold, fearless captain (who may or may not resemble a dashing Johnny Depp) roaring out this poem from the deck of the ship, as you sail merrily out of the harbor, into the fading light of a magnificent sunset. Where are you headed? Nothing is for sure, but you know that there's danger, adventure, and excitement ahead. Ahoy there!

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