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Analysis and comments on The Lockless Door by Robert Frost

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Comment 6 of 856, added on October 14th, 2004 at 6:35 PM.

Thanks for adding your comments. I understand the poem now. You really like
commenting on poems. you had like, 3 of them on this 1 poem. I'd have to
agree with you after rereading it and thinking about it's meaning.

Kassandra from United States
Comment 5 of 856, added on October 13th, 2004 at 12:19 AM.

To me, this poem represents Frost's memorys coming back to haunt him.
The memorys keep knocking and knocking, so he trys to invite them "inside"
to stop the knocking. Yet he can not change what has happend in the past.
Therefor, he must learn to ignore them over time.

Devin Washburn from United States
Comment 4 of 856, added on October 10th, 2004 at 4:12 PM.

Robert seems like a lonely guy who no one likes to hang out with in this
poem. I don't know what he was like and I don't know a lot about poetry,
but that's my interperetation. If I were in that situation, my door
wouldn't be locked either. I don't know why he climbed out the window. that
seems a little wierd to me.

Kassandra from United States
Comment 3 of 856, added on October 6th, 2004 at 3:13 PM.

the door with no lock is a metaphor in one of teachings in the new
testament...it stands for the soul that needs no lock...philisophically it
stands for the free-will...from my point of view a door it's the empediment
between 2 mediums...exterior and interior...a lock at the door would block
the communication between the mediums...it's an optimistic poem about
communication in a sympatic and parasympatic way...one has to deal both
with himself and with others, too...this relates this poem with the road
not taken too..i think that frost chose to deal with himself...it is
usually the most difficult way...nosce te ipsum...good luck to all the
poetry readers!

donc from Romania
Comment 2 of 856, added on September 27th, 2004 at 5:56 PM.

This poem is really nice, It is a bit hard to interpret. Some say death is
at the door, some say his memories came back to haunt him... He climbs out
the window and then says to come in. He wanted to see what it was but
did'nt really want "it", or whatever it was to see him... In the end the
knocking continues, the last stanza is the hardest to understand. "I
emptied my cage" In the end it is a mystery what was behind the door.
Really great poem. I also agree with Elle, great poem great twist to it. No
wonder Robert Frost made it!

Chris from United States
Comment 1 of 856, added on September 23rd, 2004 at 12:02 AM.

This is a great poem, the Lockless Door is the door to your heart. After
waiting many years, finally a knock came. I love it when the character
puts "his" hands up, as in prayer, and you think that he may be thenking
God for the knock, but than it comes again and he decends out th window,
what a twist! It gives me a smile every time I read it. Enjoy!

Elle from United States

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Information about The Lockless Door

Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 44. The Lockless Door
Volume: New Hampshire
Year: 1923
Added: Feb 1 2004
Viewed: 31273 times
Poem of the Day: Jun 24 2002


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