The poem “The Door” - Sample Essay

The poem “The Door” portrays a persons inner thoughts and desires to change. The point of view that the poem presents about the concept of change is that it’s a personal journey that should only be done when the individual is ready .The door has effectively influenced my understandings of the meaning of change with help from the numerous language techniques and symbolism.

The poem has used repetition to accentuate that the voice (his conscience) is nagging at him to “go and open the door”. It gives me the impression that he’s afraid to take a chance, afraid to take that next step almost as if something is holding him back.

“Maybe” is also repeated to highlight that anything is possible, good things might happen and bad things might happen (“Maybe outside there’s a magic city”, Maybe there’s only darkness ticking.). It seems as if the persons is making a list of pro’s and con’s in his head about “what ifs” although he is thinking positively and optimistically “If there’s a fog, it will clear”.

“The Door” uses direct speech for instance “Go and open the door”. This use of direct speech along with the repetition makes it seem more and more like a command. In my opinion it makes it seem almost as if he’s daring himself to do it though the thought of it troubles him (looks as if he need a little push in the right direction). Much like in the “Cat’s in the cradle” where the father figure wanted to spend time with his son but he didn’t open the door to change (reprioritize).

The poem has also used symbolism; the door represents some kind of barricade or wall, a symbol of things that keep us limited and restricted as individuals. The door can be seen as an entrance or as a way out; an entrance in the implication that your entering a new world of change and possibilities and a way out in the sense that it’s your way out of limits and restrictions.

The song lyrics of “Cat’s in the Cradle” portray the changes in a relationship between a father and son. “Cat’s in the Cradle” has used a wide variety of language techniques that has helped to shape my understanding of change.

The song is a first person narrative and is told from the point of view of a father. The lyrics contain similes to express how fast kids grow up, right before your eyes, for instance “So much like a man I just had to say”. They also use the example of “But there were planes to catch and bill to pay” to state that they were both too busy with their lives to spend time with each other.

Every verse is like a new chapter of their lives and the chorus (repetition) underlines that no matter at what stage they are in their lives they never seem to have time for one another. The nursery rhyme at the chorus implies to me that he was never around when his son was at a younger age (the nursery rhyme age), “When you coming home, dad?” gives me the impression that much like the chorus repeating that line as did his son.

“You know we’ll have a good time then” (Direct speech makes the song more dramatic.) is repeated in the chorus implies constant rain checks. The parent telling the story is using it as an example, its purpose is to inform and encourage parents to open the door and cement their relationships with their kids while they still can and to take advantage of the time they have. Anther message the writer seems to be saying is not to get too wrapped up in your work, not to make the money making world swallow you and not to make it the biggest priority.

In conclusion the film “Pleasantville”, the poem “The Door” and the song “Cat’s in the Cradle” have effectively shaped my understanding of the meaning of change wether it is that with change come the good and bad, to open the door to changes and possibilities or to prioritize and make the most of our time.