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Analysis and comments on The Lockless Door by Robert Frost

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Comment 10 of 860, added on November 14th, 2004 at 11:44 PM.

This poem is all about death and Robert Frost coming face to face with it.
“It went many years,
But at last it came a knock,
And I thought of the door
With it no lock.”
This stanza talks about him getting old. Then one day a knock comes. No
knock before had ever came only this one. This is deaths knock at his door.
The last 2 sentences talk about the door having no lock. Robert Frost is
writing about how you can’t escape death. The door has no lock, so you cant
lock death out.
“ I blew out the light,
I tip-toed the floor,
And raised both hands
In prayer to the door.”
This stanza talks about how life is being taken away by death. A poet,
usually uses blowing out the light, when they are trying to end something,
in this case his life. When he prays he doesn’t want it to be painful. It’s
almost as if he is asking god to spear him, because lets face it, who isn’t
afraid of death.
“But the knock came again.
My window was wide;
I climbed on the sill
And descended outside.”
“Back over the sill
I bade a 'Come in'
To whatever the knock
At the door may have been.”
This part is about how he is trying to find out what is at his door
knocking. I think he couldn’t see it, so in the next stanza he gives in and
lets death take him.

“So at a knock
I emptied my cage
To hide in the world
And alter with age.”
This last stanza’s significant line is the last one. The “…alter with age,”
is basically talking about how he dies with age.


t.e.m from United States
Comment 9 of 860, added on October 23rd, 2004 at 2:22 AM.

im very undecided about this poem weve been given it for english and many
thought have crossed my mind yes i agree with eric it could be about
opening up or perhaps a haunted past but aging even seems like a
possibility to me

sally from Australia
Comment 8 of 860, added on October 17th, 2004 at 6:54 PM.

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again let me and you discover the "true" meaning of this poem:
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Eric from United States
Comment 7 of 860, added on October 17th, 2004 at 6:44 PM.

Not to be mean or anything, i think some of you just want to see your name
on a page so you just put your perspective. Poetry is all about thinking
"outside the box," not to criticize anybody but 3 lines of comment is too
less. After the comments that i have read, i have viewed with all your
perspective. I must agree, not everyone have the same perspective but i
respect the way you people view this poem. At first i really dont get this
poem, once i sound out the feeling, it feels like Robert Frost is waiting
for something. He did not go out the window, but look down at the window,
in fact the window does not exist. It is just the meaning of sight. This
"door" mentioned in the poem, i think it means that someone spoke to him-
to open his heart. That is because at the end, he mentioned about the
"cage." The cage could be a metaphor of thoughts, feelings, and pain all
locked inside. He finally could speak it all out- finally feeling free
from the cage. The door with no locks, what i think is that it means that
he wanted someone to talk to him, but he doesnt want to begin the
conversation. Reminds me of myself when i am nervous, but nah i changed.
What I think is that this poem means that a person had opened his heart-
could even mean a romantic poem! I wish to have your comments on my email,
mail me and speak what you think this poem mean and we may discuss
together-:)

Eric from United States
Comment 6 of 860, 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 860, 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 860, 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 860, 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 860, 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 860, 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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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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