Friday, May 22, 2015

A Book

The poem, A Book is a lyrical poem that was written by Emily Dickinson. The poet is the person speaking in the poem, and also is the person talking to the reader. The poet is telling him or her how books are an inexpensive way for people to travel to different places.

The poem only has one rhyme in modern English, “soul” and “toll”. But when the poem was written, “poetry” probably rhymed with “away”.  The poet tells the reader that books take you to faraway places in your head, without actually travelling there. She then goes on to describe how it barely costs any money to buy a book, and you don’t need anything else. Then she declares that people who are too poor to visit faraway lands can use a book to do so inexpensively.

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