Robert Frost

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

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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
Edited: Monday, August 18, 2014

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  • Bronze Star - 6,221 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (10/3/2014 5:35:00 AM)

    The poem is one of the great poem of a great poet and the fire may be the chaos world facing and end result of destruction through wars and armaments stockpiled and other the ice the cold attitude of the humans about the destructive tendencies that makes the unpleasant destruction altogether. May be I am mistaken but I understand it is a great poem. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,399 Points Darlene Walsh (9/25/2014 4:33:00 PM)

    In fire or ice will the world end?
    The fire of heated war, the ice of cold greed.
    YES, fire or ice. Or both.
    A poem with truth for all ages, until the end! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 632 Points Sagnik Chakraborty (9/10/2014 11:05:00 AM)

    Concise and very apt, the poem sums up two intrinsic aspects of the human race beautifully. Frost is one of my favourites for his imagery and effortless rhyme schemes. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 909 Points Anthony Di''anno (8/29/2014 4:14:00 AM)

    Very illuminating considering the trend at the moment to have buckets of ice water tipped over oneself. Which in reality is a satanic purificatiom ritual prior to sacrifice. I know of one person at least who chose to have a bucket of slurry tipped over them.

    Ah well each to their own.
    Makes one wonder what Robert really knew. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 909 Points Anthony Di''anno (8/29/2014 4:13:00 AM)

    Very illuminating considering the trend at the moment to have buckets of ice water tipped over oneself. Which in reality is a satanic purificatiom ritual prior to sacrifice. I know of one person at least who chose to have a bucket of slurry tipped over them.

    Ah well each to their own.
    Makes one wonder what Robert really knew. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 909 Points Anthony Di''anno (8/29/2014 4:11:00 AM)

    Very illuminating considering the trend at the moment to have buckets of ice water tipped over oneself. Which in reality is a satanic purificatiom ritual prior to sacrifice. I know of one person at least who chose to have a bucket of slurry tipped over them.

    Ah well each to their own.
    Makes one wonder what Robert really knew. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,208 Points Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (8/21/2014 4:46:00 PM)

    very timely poem for the events happening today..or actually anytime in human history..the earth's life forms have been destroyed ice water meteors volcanoes you name and it's happened..very chilling as always Robert Frost is my favorite.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 325 Points Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (8/21/2014 10:53:00 AM)

    And we have sufficient ones to make it happen
    In deep sea submarines or silos of the earth
    Waiting for the next big war to earnestly begin
    And all the nukes will flower in the valley of death.........

    We human beings are the most stupid of all species that inherit this planet. We have so many advanced technologies for war and too little to enhance peace and happiness. I dream of world sans borders and where every man treats the other as his brother/sister and live as children play in gardens. It is possible if we work towards it........

    I welcome all those reading this to my page too for valuable comments on my poems too (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,221 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (8/21/2014 4:24:00 AM)

    I think that the poem's meanings are very important and human desire will not end there by fire or ice and a great poem from the great poet. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,183 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (8/18/2014 2:02:00 PM)

    The world will end in fire or ice is immaterial..Poet insisted about hatred.(Hat- red) that is the fire of inferno that will melt the ice (peace of the world..so it is science that talked about supernova or dwarf star as the fate of our sun..but our fate for destruction is hatred the curse of humanity...beautiful thought..I always salute him..thank u PH (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 48 Points Noorie Khan (8/15/2014 2:29:00 PM)

    All roads lead to destruction inevitably however as said in this poem we get to choose our downfall (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points 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

  • Rookie - 813 Points 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

  • Veteran Poet - 4,443 Points * 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

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