Robert Frost

(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963 / San Francisco)

Previous Month August 2014 Next Month
Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su
28 29 30 31 1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Poem of the Day
Select a day from the calendar.
Would you like to see the poem of the day in your e-mail box every morning?
Your email address:
  Subscribe FREE
  Unsubscribe

Fire and Ice


Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

Do you like this poem?
48 person liked.
5 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: hate, fire, world

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Fire and Ice by Robert Frost )

Enter the verification code :

  • Alvin Mingle (7/9/2014 8:46:00 AM)

    Great Poem. Love the juxtaposition of Fire and Ice symbolizing the positives and negatives (Report) Reply

  • Melikhaya Zagagana (5/4/2014 10:07:00 AM)

    From a man who truly lived, he really never disappoint and continues to lead from the front. I also think the world will end in fire. (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (4/27/2014 12:44:00 AM)

    ......truly one of the greatest poems ever written....wish I wrote this poem....a true masterpiece... (Report) Reply

  • Tawfeeq Hasan Khan (4/16/2014 5:32:00 AM)

    i am just of 14 now and quite inexperienced and have just stepped into the vast ocean of poetry.I would like to request you to comment on my poems to let me know the real depth of that ocean of poetry.Thank you, may the dusk in your life be lit by fireflies and you get the similar light as that you get in dawn... (Report) Reply

  • Stephen W (3/26/2014 11:52:00 PM)

    While there is much merit in Wahab Abdul's analysis, I think there is also an elliptically autobiographical element here. 'From what I've tasted of desire...' He is obliquely saying that these forces have wreaked destruction in his own life. (Report) Reply

  • Wahab Abdul (12/12/2013 12:09:00 AM)

    The concise, laconic, perfect and perfectly savage Fire and Ice, the antithesis of the long-winded New Hampshire, belongs with the apocalyptic Once by the Pacific. The alternatives in the title represent passion and hatred, two ways of destroying the world. The poem was inspired by a passage in Canto 32 of Dante's Inferno, in which the betrayers of their own kind are plunged, while in a fiery hell, up to their necks in ice: a lake so bound with ice, / It did not took like water, but like a glass... right clear / I saw, where sinners are preserved in ice. The last, understated word in Frost's poem, suffice, clinches the meaning (like difference in The Road Not Taken) by rhyming with the two lines that end in ice and enclosing that thematic word within itself (Report) Reply

  • Geetha Jayakumar (11/26/2013 9:05:00 AM)

    Both are the powerful reflection of human nature.
    Everything begins with fire and ends in ice.
    Poem with deep meaning..... (Report) Reply

  • Mel S (11/25/2013 3:06:00 PM)

    I'd say that the fire of desire he's talking about is the desire for things or people we can never have...The burn of jealousy, the green eyed monster that covets everything. It is the greedy possesivness that leads to some destroying what they love rather than letting it go to another.
    Ice is the cold hate that freezes hearts solid, pushing anything but it's ice out and locking everything into a hopeless, vicious cycle.

    Either one, if let to run unchecked, can and will destroy worlds. (Report) Reply

  • Tuan Hoang (11/18/2013 1:29:00 AM)

    Fire is hot
    Ice is cold
    A symbol of changing, Fire
    A symbol of unchanging, Ice
    Changing things, Fire
    Unchanging things, Ice
    Destruction if, no Fire or Ice (Report) Reply

  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (10/23/2013 5:32:00 AM)

    The world began in fire
    And it will end in ice
    And as humans we hasten the process
    With nuclear weapons polished nice.....

    (Welcome to my page dear readers) (Report) Reply

  • Malini Kadir (10/3/2013 1:05:00 AM)

    It is true......that life kills with ice more profusely than with fire which only adds the thaw and perhaps provides
    cooked edibles........ (Report) Reply

  • Futa Voro (7/12/2013 5:45:00 PM)

    just as Deborah answered I'm shocked that anyone can make $8691 in 4 weeks on the internet. have you read this site http: //www.zee44.com (Report) Reply

  • David Gee (6/25/2013 5:40:00 PM)

    Of course there are often different levels of meaning. Fire is also a symbol of passion, with the world going out in a blaze of consuming glory. From what I've tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire. How better to account for this line? And ice is a cold hatred, an estrangement, a hardening of the heart, and another way to end a connection to some other human being. (Report) Reply

Read all 149 comments »

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

New Poems

  1. Child of the South, Leah Ayliffe
  2. Progressive Yearnings, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  3. She Knows, Louis Borgo
  4. ZZ Was Hitler A Vegetarian, Saiom Shriver
  5. Palestinian DNA, Saiom Shriver
  6. Challengers for July's Contest - You Can.., Brian Johnston
  7. , Emily Kawai
  8. , Emily Kawai
  9. Armies Of Angels, Saiom Shriver
  10. Departing Memories, Midnights Voice

Poem of the Day

poet Percy Bysshe Shelley

We are as clouds that veil the midnight moon;
How restlessly they speed, and gleam, and quiver,
Streaking the darkness radiantly!--yet soon
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Jessie Mackay

 
[Hata Bildir]