Study Guide

There is no Frigate like a Book Freedom and Confinement

By Emily Dickinson

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Freedom and Confinement

There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away (lines 1-2)

These lines practically have a breath of fresh sea air written into them. They remind us of the freedom and sense of possibility that reading affords us.

This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll – (lines 5-6)

Through reading, even the poorest person can be free to travel wherever they like, without having to pay for a toll or ticket. Imagine a good book as a kind of magic carpet, good for travel anywhere.

How frugal is the Chariot
That bears the Human soul. (lines 7-8)

These closing lines remind us that our bodies are just shells for what really matters – our souls. Books and stories are the "Chariots" that allow us to be free to roam in spirit, if not in body.

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