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Teaching There is No Frigate Like a Book

There is No Frigate Like a Book

In forty-one words, Emily Dickinson says things about books and reading to make interpretation of the poem look like a drag on the spirit. A frigate was a swift water vessel, a boat designed to move quickly and effectively to its destination, which is Dickinson’s thought: the book takes us places in what is an instant.

Emily Dickinson
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How does Dickinson use metaphor to portray the power of literature?
RL.1 - Meaning & Evidence, RL.2 - Main Ideas, RL.4 - Key Terms & Tone


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