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Analysis and comments on The Lockless Door by Robert Frost

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Comment 13 of 863, added on February 3rd, 2005 at 6:43 PM.

i think this poem is about finding love. When you find your one true love
sometimes you scared but you know that they will love you. When he mentions
the cage I think he is talking about how he came out of his shell and began
to develop as a person when he fell in love

Liz from United States
Comment 12 of 863, added on January 17th, 2005 at 8:08 PM.

I read many comments asserting this poem is about death. It seems to me
this poem is about relationships and perhaps Love. More specifically an
individual's almost phobic aversion to Love/relationship. I can see how one
would interpret death as knocking on the door but the last stanza where the
character "empt[ies] the cage" I see as him abandoning solitude in favor of
becoming lost in the masses "to hide in the world". It does seem like a
very literal interpretation but one I think is most reasonable given the

Thomas Phillips from United States
Comment 11 of 863, added on January 6th, 2005 at 5:54 PM.

I know several folk who believe in reincarnation, and to them, this poem
talks about a soul who has been embodied and has died. It speaks of God
knocking to ask the soul to go back to a body, and the soul climbs out the
window to see who is at the door. Finally it accedes to the request and is
born again, only to grow old again. Not necessarily my point of view,
but an interesting one. Other poets who believe in reincarnation include
Kipling, who wrote
"They will come back, come back again
As long as the red earth rolls.
He never wasted a leaf or a tree
Do you think he would squander souls?"

Probably not an exact quote, but close. MB

Mary Jane Butler from United States
Comment 10 of 863, 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 863, 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 863, added on October 17th, 2004 at 6:54 PM.

O yea, it might not show my email address so this is my email address,
again let me and you discover the "true" meaning of this poem:

Eric from United States
Comment 7 of 863, 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

Eric from United States
Comment 6 of 863, 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 863, 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 863, 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

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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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