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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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  • Sam Smith (7/3/2013 12:33:00 AM)

    this is one of my favs, i read it once and i loved it.

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  • 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.

  • Nidhi Rastogi (6/21/2013 3:21:00 AM)

    How deep in meaning... Frost has taken 'Fire' to be the metaphor for malice, hatred, fury, wrath, jealousy etc. At the same time he believes that 'Ice', which is a metaphor for indifference, callousness etc. is also potent enough to wipe out humanity and hence would bring the world to the brink of extinction..

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  • Natasha Foster (6/11/2013 10:35:00 AM)

    I see two meanings behind this poem: One, hate, and the other, the end-of-times.
    If you don't see it, message me, and I'll try my best to explain.

  • Gabriel Franxa (5/27/2013 2:41:00 AM)

    As someone who hated certain people, this poem has always struck an accord with me. For me this poem contrasts the 2 different approaches to hating and the destruction both are capable of. I have(in the past) done both. I started with the first and turned to the latter as the latter lasts longest and is sweeter though the first is SO intoxicating. The first kind is fiery hate. With this hate, the person lets his passions/desire fuel his pain. Such hate does not last long as the hate burns out leaving in its wake a path of destruction that affects both the hater and the hated. The other form of hate is cold. With this type, the person controls his passions and so thinks he controls the hate. He does nothing rash and passionate but rather, using his hate, becomes cold and calculating until he has a means of carrying out a perfect plan by which to exact whatever the hate demands. Then he executes that plan with cold exactitude. Or the hater will remain frozen with hatred for too long and end up accidentally destroying his life. To me this poem makes the most sense as a measuring of the destructive power of fiery, passionate hate and icy, calculating hate. Fire destroys intoxicatingly quickly but for destruction ice most assuredly does suffice.

  • Sophia Engel (5/2/2013 4:01:00 AM)

    The first time I read this poem was in my very old, very worn copy of eclipse from the twilight saga, and for some unexplainable reason it made me feel.... like I belonged, ever since it was my favourite poem and I hope that some day I will be able to write as good poems with as much meaning and soul.

  • Jeannie Stanley (4/24/2013 3:19:00 PM)

    The poem was great and I love the meaning behind it.

  • Thisiswhy Ihatemylife (4/24/2013 12:34:00 AM)

    Most definitely an all-time favorite. The poem, though short, is able to convey two ideas of complete contrast while giving each its own personality, definition and importance; an excellent example of antithesis. Bringing icy-hot hate and passion to a new level.

  • Cynthia Gonzalez (4/15/2013 5:22:00 PM)

    can anyone tell me what the poem means, thank you

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