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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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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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