“There is no frigate like a book”

If you were in the CMC yesterday, you may have noticed a new bulletin board under the clock outside of the kit room. The board has the quote, “There is no frigate like a book.” Because there have been some questions about the quote I put up, I figured I should explain it.

This is a quote from Emily Dickinson’s poem “There is no frigate like a book.” Here is the entire poem:

“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!”

After studying Emily Dickinson in high school, this soon became one of my favorite poems. I guess you could tell then that I would get an English degree. I adore reading, and know that there is nothing like a book to carry you to far off lands, to take you wherever you want to go. A book truly is a “frigate” (small boat)+ that allows you to travel anywhere you want to go, and you can go there for free.

There are many other wonderful poems by Emily Dickinson, and you can find them right here in the library. Just do an author search in the library catalog for “Dickinson, Emily.”

So read on, everyone. Go find your frigates and travel the world, if only for a few hours.

+ Check out the Rohrbach Library’s Twitter page to see a definition of “frigate,” as well as other “Word of the Day” tweets.


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