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The Lockless Door Analysis



Author: Poetry of Robert Frost Type: Poetry Views: 2490

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New Hampshire1923It went many years,

But at last came a knock,

And I thought of the door

With no lock to lock.I blew out the light,

I tip-toed the floor,

And raised both hands

In prayer to the door.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 whoever the knock

At the door may have been.So at a knock

I emptied my cage

To hide in the world

And alter with age.






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i think its about robbie bieng afraid of gorrillas carring cool wHip ( emphasis on the H) 352-6737 call this # if u r a lonly girl willing to date a 14 year old boy

| Posted on 2013-03-15 | by a guest


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I think he was in a house that had a door with no lock on it and someone knocked and he was scared and started to worry then he saw his window was wide enough to fit through and so he jumped out.
It\'s hidden in there but if you look closely you will see it!

| Posted on 2013-02-08 | by a guest


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i went to college with robert frost and he was a HUGE pothead who smoked every day and cheated on every test he was always on those shrooms and never went a day without popin acid or shooting up some heroin. Robbie was probs trippin when he wrote this man i was there we did some extacy and wuz trippin like crazy all of a sudden a gorilla was at the door so we jumped out his window and hid.

| Posted on 2012-03-02 | by a guest


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i think that the poem is about his rough child hood and how his dog beat him every day with a dinosaur tail and how he spent his days hanging upsidedown form a cloud made of butter. overall a great poem

| Posted on 2012-03-01 | by a guest


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I believe Robert Frost is referring to his process of transcending into to a better version of himself (growing up.) Believing he’s unprepared for the visit but knowing of its inevitability he devises a plan. The visitor (life) knocks to tell him he has to “come-out-and-play” whilst he does but on his own terms. In conclusion, he was ready all along by the simple fact that he expected the visitor’s arrival.

| Posted on 2012-01-29 | by a guest


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I think this poem is about the character escaping death. The character is older and does not want to die and death is knocking on her door so she hides from it. :) Great poem.

| Posted on 2011-04-20 | by a guest


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I think the poem is about a man quite content with his solitude. Eventually there comes a call to leave the comfort and peace of one\'s self and venture out into the world. The poet resists opening the door to be given a task by the visitor. Instead he leaves through the window of his own choice to resume, he thinks, hiding beyond the lockless door, unable - he learns - to resist the change time requires.
Or something like that.

| Posted on 2011-04-14 | by a guest


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I beleive that the poem is about having a problem in life and having to face it head on. The knock at the door is a problem coming and the lockless door is symbolic of not being able to stop it. At first the man tries to run away from his fears but in the end relizes that the only way that it will go away is by facing it head-on.

| Posted on 2011-04-05 | by a guest


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I think this is about living your life with a secret, maybe something you are ashamed of or something that happened in the past that you just want to forget about. You wish you could lock the door to the past but the door is lockless. Your whole life it hangs over you and haunts you, and then one day something happens where you have the opportunity to confront it but you dont. Instead you run from the problem - you want to contront it (invite it in) but don\'t have the strength to deal with it (climb out the window).

| Posted on 2011-03-05 | by a guest


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To me this is about making a choice between the spritual soul and the material world which we all have to do eventually. It is the lockless lock because we all have to question the meaning of life sooner or later. The light means awareness of the soul. Blowing out the light means he rejected that awareness through fear of the unknown. So when the knock came again he hid in the world which is the material world which he knows. So then he is condemned to alter with age because the material world is temporary (we all age and die physically) as opposed to the spiritual world which is eternal.

| Posted on 2011-02-28 | by a guest


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Based of my understanding about this poem \"The Lockless door\". This may refer to a coffin, where in a coffin has no lock and has a wide window where you can able to to come out any time you wanted (Resurrection). \'Cause he still not able to accept the fact so he hid on a cage.
Well that is just my point of view about this poem and actually I seek for its true meaning and incidentally there are a lot of meaning where given/post at internet.

| Posted on 2011-02-08 | by a guest


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Based of my understanding about this poem \"The Lockless door\". This may refer to a coffin, where in a coffin has no lock and has a wide window where you can able to to come out any time you wanted (Resurrection). \'Cause he still not able to accept the fact so he hid on a cage.
Well that is just my point of view about this poem and actually I seek for its true meaning and incidentally there are a lot of meaning where given/post at internet.

| Posted on 2011-02-08 | by a guest


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One of the wondrous things about poetry is when its done well will say many things to many people. Our grid influences our read. For me this poem is about secrets that revisit us throughout our life and our coping mechanisms...even to the point of escaping,hiding, and altering who we are rather than facing our unfinished hearts.

| Posted on 2010-12-24 | by a guest


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there is a man out. who long time ago leave the home. to day (in the poems time) he return but who is in now is going out. Why? Such reader take an interpretation the mine is love quarrel. I\'m not english skeusmi

| Posted on 2010-11-28 | by a guest


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In this writing I think Frost is trying to portray how we ignore and hid from these trials and opportunities
in our live by living in this \"cage\" hoping to just
to learn with age but it\'s impossible to hid from these trials and opportunities like it says \"And I thought of the door With no lock to lock.\" this door of trials and opportunities has no lock because it is made to be open at some point in our lives so that we may grow older and be wise

| Posted on 2010-10-22 | by a guest


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If Frost wished to be specific about either death or love I think he would have just put that in the poem. I don\'t think his aim was ambiguity. What is in the poem? The knock is finally repeating after \"years\"--these are units of time by which a life could be measured. It knocks again. Finally now, and not years ago, when the knock first came, he decides to empty his cage. He choses to alter with age (time) rather some other alternative.

| Posted on 2010-08-21 | by a guest


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If any of you studied frost you would understand that every one of his poems have the same theme. He thinks of suicide but he relizes he has a reason to live even if it is for himself. This is a reoccuring theme in every Frost poem

| Posted on 2010-05-22 | by a guest


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i believe that this is a poem about him as a kid sneaking out or even running away his age as a kid was right around the time the light bulb had been invented but not popularly used or by any means commercialized yet.i got off track but this could have played a role in his life or a relative or friend. the locklessness of the door could symbolize eternity or being of youth.but there can be many ways on how you interpenetrate the lockless door as a quote. whether it be a rebellious decision as a teen or the haunting truth of what he is running from

| Posted on 2010-05-18 | by a guest


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Are you serious?! No one even understood the simplest thing! It is obviously about an old man that is scared of death and is trying to escape from it. when it says, "to hide in the world and alter with age," it means that he tricked and escaped from death and isn't aging and living forever.

| Posted on 2010-04-27 | by a guest


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The poem might be about about a criminal on the run. He fears the knock at the door is "5-Oh", so he jumps out the window and lives the rest of his life on the run. He has to continue to alter his appearance with age so he won't get caught.

| Posted on 2010-03-31 | by a guest


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I think this poem is about the way he lives his life. He is living alone for many years, inside the box so to speajk. When one day he gets a "knock on the door" a disturbance in his boring everyday life, and he cant handle it, hes scared, he doesnt know what to think. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Am i ready to face the unknown face behind the door? And hes not, he cant handle the possibility of change, so he climbs "out the window" and goes to hide somewhere else. Thats what i think anyway.

| Posted on 2010-03-29 | by a guest


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this poem is obviously about living in nazi germany with little to no provisions from which to live on. the mysterious person who knocks is the milkman.

| Posted on 2010-03-09 | by a guest


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In my opinion this poem is about someone fearful of death. The speaker explains how he lives his life, knowing it will be interrupted but frightened of how and when. The idea of not having this control scares him; therefore he builds this door, parting the life he treasures with the death that terrifies him. Yet this door only serves as a mere wall of separation and doesn't have a lock that keeps death from coming in; it’s impossible to build such a lock. Death is inevitable.
When a knock finally comes, he believes it might be death coming for him. He does everything in his power to keep this from occurring: "blowing out the light" to keep from seeing or being seen," I tip-toed the floor" to not be heard, and also exerts faith "And raised both hands in prayer to the door" hoping it isn’t death.
When the knock comes again, he grows agitated and anxious. So he decides to escape death by descending outside. Uncertainty fills him hence inviting whoever the knock at the door may have been (if not death).
The last stanza describes freeing himself from this “cage” he put himself into, and hiding in the world. Although he might have cheated death, he understands that sooner or later it will come for him. Maybe by “altering with age” his perspective on death will change as well and his fear of death might die.

| Posted on 2009-11-29 | by a guest


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Ok, people! i am writing this analysis to try to convey a message to all those who have chosen Robert Frost for their Gcse work. This poem is great.:D I mean the content is purely based on a man, who is probably a hermit who has nowhere to live and has broken into the house.He is afraid the owner of the house is back so he tries sneaking out of the window.He looks outside and sees someone so he calles them in but when he says empty his nest, he means gathers his belongings and leaves. To a life all alone , who is not living life for any reason but to pass time, and soon enough he will die of age as he states in the last stanza. oNE more thing, if you are doing an analysis then remeber to use poetic terms, and explain all the patterns you see in the poem..
arts colege- princess X

| Posted on 2009-11-02 | by a guest


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I think this poems is about letting people into your heart and letting them know the real you. Your heart symbolizes the lockless door. But if you hide long enough you start to change yourself for others.

| Posted on 2009-10-27 | by a guest


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I believe that this is about a man who lives his life alone. I think that he is alone so much, and for so long, that when someone comes around its scares him and he runs away from it. Maybe he has been hurt so much during his lifetime that he is afraid that someone could care, so the only choice he sees is to hide from the world.

| Posted on 2009-10-23 | by a guest


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The poem is about birth from the childs perspective

| Posted on 2009-09-04 | by a guest


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Not trying to copy anyone else (I haven't read other posts), but I personally believe it is about fear of the unknown, and cowardice. This guy is fearful because he's been living in the dark his whole life like a hermit, and doesn't want to experience new ideas and opportunities; just live with ignorance and his futile religion.
Keep in mind that I'm only 12, so my analysis may be wrong.

| Posted on 2009-05-25 | by a guest


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The poem illustrates a human condition often expressed by provincialism, namely, an unnatural fear of new ideas originating from an unknown source. Its more potent form is bigotry and intolerance. The mind has a door that can only be opened from inside, yet cannot be locked from the inevitable experience called life. Eventually a liberating thought will come 'knocking' but, imagined as terrible, or too drastic a paradigm shift, the positive change it could bring if welcomed inside is resisted by resorting to closing ones eyes ('turning out the lights'), ignoring the issue ('tip toeing the floor'), or fighting scientific, reasoned facts, with religion ('raising hands in prayer to the door'). One is out of their mind to react in such a fashion, hence, climbing outside, and then expecting the visitor to open the door. The result? Paralyzed by this conduct, the only change to that person, who hides in the world, is getting older, not better. Wisdom, Intelligence, and Growth simply pass them by.

| Posted on 2009-03-30 | by a guest


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The poem illustrates a human condition often expressed by provincialism, namely, an unnatural fear of new ideas originating from an unknown source. Its more potent form is bigotry and intolerance. The mind has a door that can only be opened from inside, yet cannot be locked from the inevitable experience called life. Eventually a liberating thought will come 'knocking' but, imagined as terrible, or too drastic a paradigm shift, the positive change it could bring if welcomed inside is resisted by resorting to closing ones eyes ('turning out the lights'), ignoring the issue ('tip toeing the floor'), or fighting scientific, reasoned facts, with religion ('raising hands in prayer to the door'). One is out of their mind to react in such a fashion, hence, climbing outside, and then expecting the visitor to open the door. The result? Paralyzed by this conduct, the only change to that person, who hides in the world, is getting older, not better.

| Posted on 2009-03-30 | by a guest


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I think that this is about a lonely man living in a "cage". After all Robert Frost was a lonely man for quite some time. I mean after his wife and children died he was obviouly alone for along time before he died.

| Posted on 2009-03-24 | by a guest


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I'm not 100% sure what this poem is about. But if I were to go with my main feelings I would say it is a pessimistic view at both individualism and conformism. The man is individual for years "when at last came a knock" in that either someone challenged him and his personality or attempted to join and agree with him. If you take the former approach then instead of facing the challenge as he would have had to (because the door has no lock) he chose to throw away his beliefs and leave his "cage" (perhaps meaning that his beliefs kept him secluded from the rest of the world) and "hide" in the world (in other words, conform) and die a nobody. I think this is the most likely interpretation for myself as the latter makes no sense of the end.
Anyone agree?

| Posted on 2009-02-23 | by a guest


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it means that if an oppurtunity comes knocking at your door, dont let it pass by but rather take that oppurtunity head on..

| Posted on 2009-02-05 | by a guest


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I think this poem is about life and that we all have so many chances around us but if we keep ourselves locked up we will be scared when a oppurtunity comes along.

| Posted on 2009-01-29 | by a guest


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i think it means that you are trying to hide within the world in which you are scared of.

| Posted on 2008-12-14 | by a guest


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I think this poem means that Frost was a lonely man living out his life and "at last came a knock" meaning that someone started chatting w/him or that something was different that day for some reason. The next stanza details how he was scared to investigate what was wrong.So he decided to try and go on anyway with his life normally, but he has second thoughts remembering a past decision like the one he has to make now and concludes its best to just face it head-on.He has no idea of what may be different. The last stanza really throws me off of this idea though...If anyone would plz continue this if possible!!
-Kody

| Posted on 2008-12-11 | by a guest


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the poem means that first he lives his life
then he hears death knocking at his door
but he doesnt feel like its his time so
the escape rout is a "window"
and he takes it
then it says "hiding in the world as a alterage"
so he did escape his own death
which means
this poem is about a near death experience!

| Posted on 2008-12-05 | by a guest


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the poem means that first he lives his life
then he hears death knocking at his door
but he doesnt feel like its his time so
the escape rout is a "window"
and he takes it
then it says "hiding in the world as a alterage"
so he did escape his own death
which means
this poem is about a near death experience!

| Posted on 2008-12-05 | by a guest


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I believe this poem's meaning is that you cannot runaway or hide from life

| Posted on 2008-10-25 | by a guest


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I think this poem is about love and trying to runaway from it but it will find you

| Posted on 2008-10-01 | by a guest




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