In going from room to room in the dark,
I reached out blindly to save my face,
But neglected, however lightly, to lace
My fingers and close my arms in an arc.
A slim door got in past my guard,
And hit me a blow in the head so hard
I had my native simile jarred.
So people and things don’t pair any more
With what they used to pair with before.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Robert Frost's poem The Door in the Dark


  1. Becca Colvin says:

    I agree paartually to a few of these comments but from my own study of the poem and other works of Robert Frosts, I have come to think of “The door in the Dark” as a metaphor. The person in search of the door representing the reader and essentiallly every human one earth, the room representing the world and the door representing the truth about life. In my opinion this poem relates most to teens because this metaphor is about those teen years where you are still blind folded by innocent(the darkness) and are just being exposed to the truth bit by bit or more appropriately hit by hit (of the door) to the darkness and dangers that are in everyday life.

  2. Brittney says:

    I think that this is a really great poem. I am not sure why Patty got so upset at you Taylor, I think you will make a great parent, and I think both of your analasis on the poem is great 🙂

  3. Patty says:

    this poem is about becoming openminded, turning on the lights, and seeing the true world around you rather than walking around in the dark, blind to dangers and constantly trying to save face. this is not about protecting your children taylor, id hate to be your child. I almost saw it as a little spiteful towards religion….but maybe thats just me. and it is.

  4. chanel says:

    i fell in love with this poem Robrt frost is a great poet

  5. Taylor says:

    This poem makes me think about all the dangers we people have to face in this world and that we need to protect our children and be more strict with them.

  6. naj says:

    well .. on a philosophical note .. this poem talks about the fact that at times in our life somethings have to be brought into our notice the hard way …. kind of learning byheart the entire text books and someone coming and telling u there’s an easier way to learn it all up
    it also speaks about the obstacles in life we tend to overlook before we meet it face to face…. so friends always keep in mind the things that wud help u in the journey of life …. open ur eyes … don’t let yourself be blind.

  7. rohny says:

    This is about running into a door in the dark..

    the metaphor of life and trying to save face but failing to and thus feeling socially ostracized is.. well.. probably secondary to a funny story about a bloke getting smacked in the face because he didn’t turn on the light.

  8. Rajesh Venkatesan says:

    The narrator tries to save his ‘face’. He is ‘hit hard’ by a slim door which is infact meant for his safety. He is sure that people will not pair with him any more.

  9. Amanda says:

    Stupid Google!! I asked for a simile poem and this is what they gave me!!!

  10. Paige says:

    I luv this poem by robert he makes alot of poeple happy even me.

  11. megan says:

    i love robert frost he is such a good poet and i love all of his poems

  12. micheala says:

    okay first i understood this poem a little and what i read and understood was really cool i think this was a really talented and sweet guy at one time.

  13. Linda says:

    This poem is a very good. well done 🙂

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