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Analysis and comments on The Lockless Door by Robert Frost

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Comment 17 of 867, 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 867, 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 867, 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 867, 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
Comment 13 of 867, 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 867, 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 867, 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 867, 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 867, 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 867, 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

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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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