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Analysis and comments on The Lockless Door by Robert Frost

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Comment 67 of 297, added on January 25th, 2008 at 4:06 AM.

The most striking line of the poem is "hide in the world," and it comes in
the context of a knock from an unknown guest. I guess that Frost is writing
about the relation between our inner and outer lives. He was hiding in
himself at first (his house), but was called out, and yet is still hiding.
Self-knowledge remains elusive whether we dwell in ourselves or in the
wider world.

Jon from China
Comment 66 of 297, added on December 10th, 2007 at 9:07 AM.

does anyone else think this poem is an extended metaphor for death?? death
cannot be locked out of life, hence, the lockless door. if you look at the
language at the end of the poem it can be seen as going into the ground as
well all do when we die. The poem also starts out, it went many years,
meaning he was old and his time was up. He blew out the light...the light
symbolizes life? Let me know if this works for anyone else besides myself.

ashley
Comment 65 of 297, added on March 14th, 2007 at 10:36 AM.

this poem is filled with beautiful eye tear jerking stanzas it reminds me
of my depressing life.

lol from United States
Comment 64 of 297, added on January 24th, 2007 at 9:29 AM.

i like the poem

matthew from United States
Comment 63 of 297, added on April 5th, 2006 at 12:17 PM.

The lines in this poem that I keep rereading are in the last quatrain: "To
hide in the world/And alter with age." This passage seems existantial to
me: "hide in the world" gives a sense of anxiety and alienation, and
simultaniously "alter with age" shows an explicit consciousness of
existance. If I had just seen this one line, I might have thought it was
Ralph Ellison and not Frost.

The speaker knows he must open the door and face whatever is behind it, but
yet he seems resigned to be broken by it... to still exist, but not to
thrive. I can see where some read depression out of this, but the word
choice makes me disagree: "alter" is a very sterile word, unlike the
descriptive prose of the first stanzas; he's not "flourishing" with age or
"whithering" with age, but rather age is simply changing him, almost
mechanically.

My impression upon first reading this poem was that he was talking about
growing up and leaving a carefree childhood for, but that also don't seem
quite right to me. (Nor does it fit in with Frost's norm. I realize and
agree that it is a fallacy to analyze one idependant work in the context of
others or the author's life. But I just did, so sue me).

N from United States
Comment 62 of 297, added on April 4th, 2006 at 6:39 AM.

Jinn, i find your comments on the poem, especially about the first stanza,
to be very confusing... of course the poem was based in the past, or at
least started in the past, as we can see by the first line "it went many
years"... you are trying to read what isn't there. You also assume that
frost is talking about himself - he may be talking about someone else in
the first-person for the sake of the poem. Again with your comments on the
second stanza, you try to read metaphorical senses into lines that just
aren't there - and even if blowing out the light is a metaphor, i highly
doubt it would be a metaphor for getting rid of the "good"... why would
that help anything?? Also your wording is very confusing, destroying what
little meaning you have rightly wrung out of the poem. I would also like to
meet the person for how jumping onto a sill requires no effort at all, and
i would also like to meet the person who makes all window sills the same
size (size small). In future, i suggest you do not try to think too hard
about poems, and just let your natural instinct take over when
commenting... also try not to confuse the issue by repeating the same
sentence three times.

Denholm & Mackie from Australia
Comment 61 of 297, added on April 3rd, 2006 at 7:23 PM.

I'm not sure whether Richard and Bart know exactly what a metaphysical poem
is. In fact the poem has some of the features of a metaphysical poem, one
of them being that it is an extended metaphor. So there.

Nick and the Smookernator from Saint Vincent and the Grenadin
Comment 60 of 297, added on April 3rd, 2006 at 7:19 PM.

i think that the person in the poem was a child who was hiding in his room.
the person knocking on the door may have been a parent looking for him, and
he was frightened because he thought his parents might punish him. when he
jumped out the window, he was waiting to decide whether he should run away
or not, and he may have run away depending on whether his parents were
angry at him. in conclusion, i disenjoyed this poem immensly.

richie rich from Chile
Comment 59 of 297, added on April 3rd, 2006 at 7:20 PM.

In response to Luke's comment, we think its agreeable.
However, it is lacking passion in his post.

team.random from Mongolia
Comment 58 of 297, added on April 3rd, 2006 at 7:12 PM.

In reply to Oprah Chalk-Hatten, are you related to Oprah Winfrey?
So totally OMG, this poem is so totally...totally. LOL!
I absolutely agree with your interpretation of the poem. I believe the poem
explains the metaphorical surrounding of a persons mind...bell went...too
bad

Giang Cao from Uruguay

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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 44. The Lockless Door
Volume: New Hampshire
Year: 1923
Added: Feb 1 2004
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Poem of the Day: Jun 24 2002


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