Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Poem for Today



There is no Frigate like a Book (1286)

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 the Human Soul –


This, of course, is the poem that inspired the title for my literary blog; but it is much more, for it expresses my heartfelt feeling for books, poetry, and reading.  

Emily Dickinson, "There is no Frigate like a Book" from (02138: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, )

6 comments:

Fred said...

a favorite of mine and an excellent answer to the question: Why Read?

Brian Joseph said...

I have always liked this poem. I also feel the same way. Sometimes I look around at libraries, even relatively small ones, and marvel at just how much there is within those books.

James said...

Fred,
Thanks. Reading is sublime.

James said...

Brian,
Thanks for your observation about libraries. We are fortunate to live in a country with a wealth of free libraries that share books of all kinds. The possibilities for reading are grand.

Ruth said...

Love this one! It reminds me of my reading journey.

James said...

Ruth,
Thanks for your comment. Our reading journeys are at the heart of this poem.