Prancing Poetry

27 Jul 2022 | Personal | 0 comments

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!


Emily Dickinson (1830- 86)

Notes from the Compiler

Emily Dickinson wrote poetry for herself and her friends without thought of publication. We have her literary mentor, T.W. Higginson (1823-1911), an advocate of human rights and an abolitionist, to thank for spotting her talent in the first four poems she sent to him.


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