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Analysis and comments on The Lockless Door by Robert Frost

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Comment 23 of 863, added on July 1st, 2005 at 2:24 PM.

Frost occassionally wrote on Christian themes, and the "alter with age"
ending suggest that this may be such a work. He goes for many years,
perhaps dreading a divine call. When it finally comes, he is forced to have
to deal with it. That knock offers a promise of eternity, but he is afraid
that answering it involves commitment, risk, and involvement with the
unknown. So he answers only tentatively, from outside the window. Because
it lacks conviction, his answer is found to be wanting. So he ends up
rejecting the call and living out a natural life without God.

Herb from United States
Comment 22 of 863, added on June 11th, 2005 at 6:08 PM.

I wanted to read everybody's comments to try and form my own opinion for a
paper I'm writing, and actually, it worked. I think this poem is about
feeling guilty. The knocking on the door is your conscience, pounding on
your thoughts, reminding you of your sin. When he blows out the candle, he
is trying to hide, to escape, thinking that if he is no longer visible,
then the knock will go away, he yearns to be alone and in peace. But, the
knocking continues, his last attempt is to escapew through the window, to
break free, he finally realizes that there is hope, he is outside of his
cage, he seeks repentance, the void is filled.

Lindsay from United States
Comment 21 of 863, added on June 1st, 2005 at 5:52 PM.

I think this poem is about him having someone that wants to be his friend
or something but he dose not want to let them in evan though he says they
can come in he dosent let them

Zak from United States
Comment 20 of 863, added on May 30th, 2005 at 1:25 PM.

i like this poem a lot it is awesome ('_')

zak from United States
Comment 19 of 863, added on April 28th, 2005 at 7:50 PM.

I think that this poem was about someone who had experienced a tragedy.
When something happens in your life,let's say a death of a loved one,
everyday you wake up and wonder if you are still going to feel the same
pain and want so badly for it to be over. When the knock finally came, he
had been praying that someday he would be ready to let go of "his cage" of
pain."To hide in the world and alter with age", he wants to just blend into
the world and not carry the weight of this tragedy. The "alter" is how the
experience will change him as he grows older.

Shauna from United States
Comment 18 of 863, added on April 21st, 2005 at 4:22 PM.

i liked the poem i truley did i hope to some day be wright with words like
this and my last name is also frost that is so cool!

c.j. from United States
Comment 17 of 863, added on April 19th, 2005 at 9:32 PM.

frost poety relects the anger and the fear of someone leaving you alone for
many years which brings people to grief.

sam from United States
Comment 16 of 863, added on April 18th, 2005 at 8:58 PM.

it seem to me that rebort Frost in this poem is trying to say is that
people are lonely sometimes and they want people to come visit them but
they never do but when they do they really dont know how to act because
they havn't seen someone for years

dun from United States
Comment 15 of 863, added on April 10th, 2005 at 8:09 PM.

This poem is obviosly about Robert Frost getting old and how he cant escape
death. E-mail me if you think different.

Heidi Ward from Germany
Comment 14 of 863, added on March 8th, 2005 at 6:55 PM.

This poem may be about a person who is very introverted and nervous,
someone who avoids society and is very guarded; the knock represents
conflict with these characteristics, maybe he is being forced to get out in
the world for whatever reason. The blowing out of the light signifies that
he is trying to disguise himself, remain unnoticed. The tip-toeing could be
that he is testing the waters. The prayers...asking God for direction. The
knock comes again which is Gods answer--a sign--"GET OUT OF YOUR HEAD",and
get into the world. The fact that he crawls out the window and not out the
front door shows that he is still guarded but getting out there.
So at a knock
I emptied my cage
To hide in the world
And alter with age
The first three lines back everything I've said, but I believe the last
line reveals the reason he became detached from society in the first place:
he may have experienced a traumatic life changing event which tends to
paralyze people.

Jaime from United States

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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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