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Analysis and comments on The Lockless Door by Robert Frost

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Comment 55 of 895, added on April 2nd, 2006 at 9:43 PM.

We think that this poem is not in fact a metaphor, and the language is too
simplistic to warrant the depth of a metaphysical poem. Instead of doubt,
the person in the poem is actually fearful of what is behind the door.

bart and richard from Australia
Comment 54 of 895, added on April 2nd, 2006 at 9:46 PM.

I thought the poem was really good. I loved it

Durk Hobbit from Canada
Comment 53 of 895, added on April 2nd, 2006 at 9:37 PM.

sometime. Perhaps he was isolated and had been waiting for someone or
something as sharemarket. In many ways, the poem seemed to be telling me
that it is about a human who has been on his.her own for so long that he
was scared of what is outside, the reality of life, so he tends to stay in
his unit, the cage where most things is under his control. When the knock
came, it could be his internal self trying to wake him up. After sneaking
through the window, the speaker has come out, but is still somewhat safe.
The end of the poem proclaims that the speaker has actually entered the
surrounding community. The irony in this is that, even though he has gone
up from this tiny "cage", he has only entered a bigger one, one in which he
will now dissapear in until he becomes more comfortable.


Oprah Chalk-Hatten from Faroe Islands
Comment 52 of 895, added on April 2nd, 2006 at 9:31 PM.

this poem although not to the standard of the metaphysical poets like donne
and marvel, strikes the mind and asks us for a multi levelled

this "knocking," this lockless door is a poosible past memory or incident
that has come back to haunt him or continues too. Memories of war and "foul
deeds" are things that come too mind. This knocking is a perseverance of
the memory in an attempt to adress the problem, and by asking "come in" it
is an attempt, although "I climbed on the sill
And descended outside.
Back over the sill, showing a conservative and or scared response to what
may happen by letting this memory in he shows at best a desire to address
this problem. Again this may be one response of many within this building
of a poem.

bart from Australia
Comment 51 of 895, added on April 2nd, 2006 at 9:29 PM.

This poem seems to be presenting an imagery of the sense of fear that
surrounds the author when something comes to haunt him. This fear comes in
the form of a knock at the door. The author responds by blowing out a
candle in his room. and tiptoe-ing across the floor. This gives us a sense
of darkness and tension. you can just imagine the room being dark and
silent. This is the initial confrontation the author has with the knock. At
first, it seems like he is going to confront the fear. However, the poem
later mentions him "Climbed on the sill, and descended outside."
From outside, he "bade" a come in. This imagery helps to show the author's
uncertainty or fear of what is to come if the door was opened. In an
ironic sense, the author is inviting something in which he does not
actually want in. The last stanza is rather confusing. It took a while
for me to have my own interpretation of what it really meant. "Emptying
his cage" is an interesting imagery. Firstly, the author confronts the
fear knocking at the door. This results in the "emptying" bit. But what
most readers miss is that he empties his cage, but he does not actually get
out of it. So in an ironic sense, the author believes he has confronted
and faced his fears. But realistically, he is still trapped in the world
of fear and uncertainty. The cage is empty, but he's still in it.

Marcus Wong from Australia
Comment 50 of 895, added on April 2nd, 2006 at 9:25 PM.

Even though there are many interpretations of the Lockless door, to me is a
poem of a person being scared to grow up to a person’s expectation but he
also knows it was inevitable. He has been waiting for it for many years and
he refers in the first stanza about the door. His room could have been a
sanctuary for him over the past couple of years but with the room having a
lockless door, he knew he would be called upon and cannot be avoided.

He blows out his light so he thinks he can hide in his darkness and by
tiptoeing he still wants to stay in his room. He prays so that the knock
might have been a mistake but the knock comes again. He is then faced with
a decision to face it or runaway. Here he knows he does not want to live up
to this person’s expectation but he wants to live by his decisions. He runs
away out of the window but he calls the person to come in once his out the
window. I think he does this out of respect to the person because he does
not want to keep the person there waiting and I think it’s also a way of
saying sorry, sorry because he has to run away.

I think Frost wanted to express that every individual should live their own
lives and not be left to a person of higher authority e.g. the person
behind the door. The lockless door can mean that in life we are not locked
into anything, nothing is predetermined for us and we can control our lives
to open doors to other paths. However in the poem I think the person was
being controlled so he had to find another way to open doors and that was
through the window. The end of the poem suggests, the person left his
sanctuary and grew up in the real world and also that he lived a long life.

donguyen from Australia
Comment 49 of 895, added on April 2nd, 2006 at 9:10 PM.

I think that this poem is about the character trying to escape the
inevitable death. Llamas like cheese

Matt.S from Australia
Comment 48 of 895, added on April 2nd, 2006 at 9:05 PM.

I think that this poem is about him growing old and trying to escape the
inevitable death. Llamas like cheese.

Matt.S from Australia
Comment 47 of 895, added on April 2nd, 2006 at 3:43 PM.

Frost's 'The Lockless Door' flows well and can be interpreted very
Re-reading each line gives a new meaning up until the final stanza. The
stanza turns the entire meaning of the poem on its head.

At first, the speaker seems to be in a room. The room symbolises his own
fear of
something. The knocking on the door may be a reminder of his constant
However he can't bring himself to answer it, or to conquer his fear.

In the second stanza, he tries to make it look like he isn't there. He
to his fear yet again. He 'raised both hands in prayer to the door'. This
shows that even after all this time, the fear still has power over him.

When he looks out the window, it suggests that he can finally beat his
fear. He takes a step forward and has a look at what might happen if he
just answers the knock. He climbs back into the window and decides to
answer the knock.

The final stanza suggests that once he re-enters the room, the answers the
door. Because of this, he is finally free of his fear. ‘To hide in the
world’, he is able to be normal again and blend in. He can ‘alter with
age’, meaning he can grow old in peace and without this fear.

James Banh from Australia
Comment 46 of 895, added on April 1st, 2006 at 9:42 PM.

This poem is very interesting in the way it can move you and make you draw
upon different conclusions every time you read it. After reading the poem
many times I am still unsure as to what the poem really means as the poem
is quite ambiguous. My general understanding of the poem is that the
character in the poem is hiding from something that he has been hiding from
for many years as in the poem “It went many years”. “But at last came a
knock” is suggesting that whatever the character was hiding from has
finally come back to haunt him. The second stanza suggests that the
character is afraid of this thing he has been hiding from that is at the
door so he “blew out the light and tip-toed the floor”. “And raised both
hands in prayer to the door” means that the character is praying that
whatever it is would just go away and leave him alone. When the knock comes
again in the third stanza, the character finds a window and tries to escape
from the thing at the door, but then he comes back to perhaps face his
fears and meet this thing he has been hiding from. But when the knock comes
again, I believe the character becomes fearful once again and so escapes to
hide in the world.

Will L. from Australia

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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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