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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  • 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.. (Report) Reply

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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. (Report) Reply

  • 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. (Report) Reply

  • 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. (Report) Reply

  • 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. (Report) Reply

  • Claire Thomas (4/13/2013 1:31:00 PM)

    Rant and rave at close of day or simply freeze away when passion dies.Could be about a relationship.I have though my world had ended once or twice. (Report) Reply

  • Maria Lezana (4/2/2013 9:25:00 AM)

    this poem can have so many meanings the fire could be war and hate and the ice simply lethargy and uncorcern about every single problem in the world (Report) Reply

  • Titi Dale (3/31/2013 7:56:00 PM)

    Such a short poem that delivers a vivid sketch of what our future may turn out to be: which side are you on? (Report) Reply

  • Anil Aydin (3/19/2013 2:39:00 PM)

    My all time fav this poem right here. Short yet so vast and meaningful; simply amazing. (Report) Reply

  • Jaime Mackey (3/18/2013 7:29:00 PM)

    I like some of his poems but this is just not that great in my opinion. The conent does not get me to think, laugh, or feel anything except that he talks about the end with no purpose and is probably depressed when he writes this, or better yet, annoyed like he just doesn't care about the end of the world and writes this for people who do in a way to mock them for their disagreements about how it might take place. I don't really see this as an inspirational work of art like the Road Less Traveled was. There is the kind of art one creates to vent, then the kind one uses for touching the heart and mind of others, and even society at large. This is none of those things. (Report) Reply

  • Rebekah Banks (2/22/2013 11:17:00 PM)

    Stephenie Myer has a page before the prologue in each of the Twilight books dedicated to a poem. This is from the third book I think.

    In response to all the hate of twilight being related to this poem; If the younger generation is being exposed to great poets and poetry, no matter the medium, I see no issue with it (Report) Reply

  • Srimayee Ganguly (12/25/2012 11:15:00 AM)

    In the movie 2012, America and Europe ended in fire (volcanoes) whereas India and her neighbouring countries ended in water (melting of ice) . (Report) Reply

  • Aditi Ks (11/9/2012 6:58:00 PM)

    What is more powerful Fire (desire) or Ice (hate) . Both magnificent in their own sinful way.

    This is so piercing and thought provoking. (Report) Reply

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