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Poem need help
Posted by: letta (72.27.18.---)
Date: March 25, 2009 09:24PM

I need help in finding a poem titled. There is no frigate like a book.


Re: Poem need help
Posted by: letta (72.27.18.---)
Date: March 25, 2009 09:26PM

Can I get a copy of the poem, There is no frigate like a book. I need a critical analysis of the poem


Re: Poem need help
Posted by: LindaD (91.110.200.---)
Date: March 26, 2009 01:07PM

There is no frigate like a book
by Emily Dickinson

There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry.
This traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot
That bears a human soul!

First thoughts, you don't need ships, horses or money to take you out of yourself, your imagination can take you anywhere.


Re: Poem need help
Posted by: IanAKB (124.168.65.---)
Date: March 27, 2009 06:41AM

Linda, I agree completely with the first part of your summary, but would refine your conclusion that "imagination" can take you anywhere by saying specifically that words on a printed page can do that. ED referred to a "book" and to a "page" of "poetry".

Letta, note how how effectively ED managed to make her point in eight short lines by using a succession of similes or metaphors.

If you want help on "critical analysis", you had better explain what points your teacher expects you to cover in that. Different teachers have different ideas about it.


Re: Poem need help
Posted by: LindaD (91.110.200.---)
Date: March 27, 2009 01:12PM

I wonder why she chose a frigate to take us to lands away. I am visualising either a medium sized grey warship or a bird with a ridiculous red throat.


Re: Poem need help
Posted by: IanAKB (124.168.65.---)
Date: March 29, 2009 08:57AM

Like you, Linda, I thought that among vessels a frigate was a large, well armed warship (though in ED's time a sailing ship with a hull of oak, not one coloured WWII grey), but to my surprise the first meaning of the word given in my New SOED is 'A light, swift vessel, powered by oar or sail. Now only poet. L16.' So I suppose ED could have been using the word in its late 16th Century poetic sense. Suitably romantic for the poem.


Re: Poem need help
Posted by: JohnnyBoy (24.189.156.---)
Date: March 29, 2009 11:47AM

This is the poem that gets Sandy Dennis in so much trouble with her highschool English Lit students in the movie UP THE DOWN STAIRCASE. She barely gets out the word "frigate" and the whole class dissolves irretrievably.




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