- Year Published: 1896
- Language: English
- Country of Origin: United States of America
- Source: Dickenson, E. (1896). The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One.Boston, MA: Roberts Brothers.
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 6.6
- Word Count: 46
Dickinson, E. (1896). Life, Poem 21: A Book. The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved December 18, 2014, from
Dickinson, Emily. "Life, Poem 21: A Book." The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One. Lit2Go Edition. 1896. Web. <>. December 18, 2014.
Emily Dickinson, "Life, Poem 21: A Book," The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One, Lit2Go Edition, (1896), accessed December 18, 2014,.
He ate and drank the precious words,
His spirit grew robust;
He knew no more that he was poor,
Nor that his frame was dust.
He danced along the dingy days,
And this bequest of wings
Was but a book. What liberty
A loosened spirit brings!