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
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  • Maddi S (1/19/2008 6:25:00 PM)

    I agree with Andrea, and actually, Dorian, *you* are quite the idiot.
    Poetry is never that literal.
    Even Frost knows that.
    The way he phrases it is obviously metaphorical/symbolic, whatever you wanna call it.
    Desire and hate are equally destructive. which will cause man's downfall first? that's the question here. (Report) Reply

  • Jason Weir (12/2/2007 5:30:00 AM)

    This is what the poem means to me:

    Fire and Ice in the poem are symbolic, with Fire representing desire or lust, and Ice representing hate or apathy; with Fire and Ice being as opposite to each other as desire and lust are to hate and apathy.

    Frost is communicating the point that that both extremes are very strong, have the potential to dominate our actions, and that both have the capacity to become destructive.

    Frost is trying to say that although hate is usually seen as the very negative one, while lust and desire are often not seen as negative and are often confused with love, when Frost ends the poem by unifying the two opposites, he is not only telling us that they are very much connected, he is telling us that they are both negative things; in effect, he is preaching being moderate and rational, even when it is tempting to take extreme positions;

    Both irrational extremes bring destruction. (Report) Reply

  • Chloe Acosta (11/25/2007 3:50:00 PM)

    Fire and Ice are not metaphors they are symbols.
    Fire representing desire and Ice, of course, hate.
    I favor Ice. (Report) Reply

  • Alex P. (9/16/2007 12:47:00 PM)

    Why do you talk about the Bible on thinking about this poem?
    Fire and ice are metaphors (yeah, of course you all know...: -)) and don't serve as a peg on which to hang one's religiousness and trust into the Bible and its substance.

    Fire vs. ice.
    Desire vs. hate.
    Both can be very strong and both can give YOU the strength to hold on in difficult situations. Both are powerful, impossible (and irrelevant) do decide which one is more powerful.
    And both are dangerous, both can become destructive. So we should be careful with both of them...
    And it's a hidden criticism that there is too much hate in this world. Hate that maybe once will destroy the world....
    I feel a profound sadness in this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Anders Lim (7/20/2007 3:23:00 AM)

    Personally, I believe that the world will end in fire because of a biblical event Armeggadon. My view of Armeggadon is in one of my poems. Check it out if you like (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Francois Hoon (7/10/2007 5:59:00 PM)

    I agree with Eileen because I also personally know the Word of God to be true. The earth shall be destroyed, along with all the evil and suffering in it, and those who chose Christ will inhabit the new earth, the rest will have to spend their eternity in the lake of fire and suffering.
    Rev 21: 6-8
    'And He said to me, It is done. I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who thirsts I will give of the fountain of the Water of Life freely.
    He who overcomes will inherit all things, and I will be his God, and he will be My son.
    But the fearful, and the unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, will have their part in the Lake burning with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.'
    http: //www.poemhunter.com/francois-hoon (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Eileen Vahadj (6/15/2007 4:54:00 PM)

    1. I favor fire because it is written in the Holy Bible.

    2 Peter, Chapter 3, Verse 12

    Looking far and hastening the coming of the Day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on FIRE, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

    2. Ice is frozen water.

    God gave Noah the rainbow sign, no more water, the fire next time.
    James Baldwin, Black-American author of 'The Fire Next Time.' *

    * It is a documentary-the quotation is from an old Negro hymn. Some say it is also found in the Jewish Talmud or Mishna. I could not find the exact reference. I first heard of it from James Baldwin's work. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Andrea Gomez (5/18/2007 2:24:00 PM)

    fire & ice is the analogy to the gluttonous extremes of man's dichotic soul. love & passion when desired in excess is similar to hate & apathy with regard to their destruction of the soul, or existance as compared to in the poem (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Kyle Akers (5/11/2007 4:53:00 PM)

    Frost expresses what career he was going to pursue in. Case in point he took a risk and decided to go into writing which he has acclimated four pulitizer awards in his career. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Tiffanie Jones (4/25/2007 1:38:00 PM)

    The speaker in this poem is contemplating the theories of what will eventually destroy the world. He compares the outcome of fire to desire; and agrees that desire is potent. But at the same time he points out that ice or hate is also very strong. Both of these possibilities highlight the effects of human nature. Human nature is sin, whether it is the desire for what one does not have, or the hate of one for another. Sin itself is what will ultimately destroy the world, the sin of mankind. God reveals through the bible that this destruction will be by fire. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Urooj Fatima (2/7/2007 3:35:00 AM)

    well, as always frost has left it 2 d reader 2 decide wich 1 dey wud go wid!
    i think i choose ice as fire is way too common n i take d ''road less travelled by'' (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points shhhh noone (2/6/2007 3:45:00 PM)

    Frost reflects on human faults in this poem. Like his other poems, he uses simple words in poems with deeper meanings. I believe that in this poem he is talking about our faults as humans. Fire, represents the, passion and aggression we are filled with. Ice is the cold, shallow things we do to each other. Are we someday going to end ourselves? I must agree, I also favor fire. We have the tendency to use this weapon more than ice. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Sam Dragon (1/11/2007 5:56:00 PM)

    Fire and Ice is a really beautiful poem. When I was younger I happened on this poem and loved it! But as I get alittle older, I don't really like it in the same way, I used to wish for fire, but now i think ice would be better. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Raynette Eitel (1/1/2007 12:58:00 PM)

    This is my favorite poem of Frost's...at least it is the one I long ago committed to memory because of the rhymes along with the uneven meter and the marvelous imagery. It is always food for thought, depending on whether you are dealing with ice or fire in your own life. (Right now, I'm dealing with much ice. :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Sebastian Letelier (11/6/2006 6:16:00 PM)

    this poem is great because it can be viewed in many different ways. it can be love and hate, it can also be ment literally, like the armageddon theory versus ice age theory. but the biggest reason that i like this poem is because it is so true... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Brian Dorn (7/19/2006 11:52:00 AM)

    With a name like Frost, you'd think he'd have favored ice? But, either way, by fire or ice, the point is well made. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points George Fitting (5/23/2006 4:20:00 PM)

    He's not saying he would like the world to end at all. The fire represents love and passion and his point is that those will destroy us before hate, but that hate is still perfectly capable of doing harm as well. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points K. Jared Hosein (2/28/2006 1:42:00 PM)

    I have always liked this poem because it presents the duality of a human. That enough coldness or even passion is presented in a soul, put in terms of Doomsday-esque metaphors. (Report) Reply

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