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(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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  • May Namoc (7/24/2008 9:08:00 PM)

    i absolutely love this peice. frost is my fave poet. he was the one who inspired me to start writing. this poem in particular has such a lasting impression on me and it has such a deeper meaning than it lets on. THANK YOU MR. FROST!

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  • Judy Hung (7/24/2008 6:03:00 AM)

    I love this poem and know it off by heart! Partly because it is included in Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer.

  • Guillermo Alejandro (6/20/2008 6:34:00 PM)

    Fire could mean warm, pursuing only our own interestes, while ice detaching ourselves from the world and being uncaring about what happens.

    It is literally about the end of the world, but ice and fire, at least in my opinion, are just methaphors that we commonly attach to some emotions

  • Jarrid Ristau (6/10/2008 11:50:00 AM)

    Although the consensus seems to be that ice represents hate, has anyone else considered that it is symbolic of apathy? Furthermore, why does the fact that Frost says desire mean that that is what he intends fire to represent? Perhaps the poem is literally about the world ending, and fire suggests it will be in war and hate while ice means it will end due to apathy, because human beings cease to really care for each other.

  • Alicia Thompson (6/10/2008 8:33:00 AM)

    Dorian..if u were familiar with frost's work you would know that all of his poems are never straight forward and usually relate to him in some way. with regards to this poem frost lost his wife at some time in his life and (if the dates are right) fire could represent the love/passion/desire he had for her while she was living and ice could be the loneliness he is feeling after her death. thus explaining why he has experienced both fire and ice.

  • p.a. noushad (6/9/2008 7:30:00 AM)

    two ambitions of human beings, a marvelous creation.

  • Sinbad Rock (5/4/2008 11:33:00 AM)

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    seeeeeeeeex

  • Lawlpewpew Pewpew (4/14/2008 4:00:00 PM)

    Fire and Ice are two elements which can be considered as opposed. In this poem these 2 elements are symbolic (you can also see it as personification If you are open minded)
    fire represents desire, lust
    ice represent hate
    These feelings are obviously opposed.
    The right question was posed by Maddi S.
    -Which will cause man downfall?

  • Coll B. Lue (3/10/2008 11:53:00 AM)

    Robert Frost as always very inspiring. A touch of the Armegeddon and very thought provoking!

  • Ellen wu (3/7/2008 10:10:00 PM)

    excause me, what does 'would suffice' mean?

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