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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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  • Sasha Ioffine (9/30/2011 11:26:00 PM)

    Great juxtaposition, humour, and everything in general.
    Frost, although your name suggests cold, you write with a warm heart (or icy) .
    I hate to beckon all to my page, but i'd appreciate if some check out my poems- this may bring you much joy (you never know!) :) (Report) Reply

  • without a name Face (8/25/2011 11:52:00 PM)

    this poem is used in one of the twighlight books (eclispe i think) really good, peps should check out my peoms :) they're true stories, and ideas. I encourage you to comment too :) (Report) Reply

  • Dave Walker (8/23/2011 11:58:00 AM)

    Nice poem and to the point.
    take a look at my new ones called,
    Boy to a man and for michael hicky.
    Both true storys. (Report) Reply

  • Flora Molly (6/24/2011 11:34:00 PM)

    It has good depth.....n it's 1 of my favorite poems......i love reading it thousand times alone.......n ya ofcourse it was the approprite poem to be used in twilight eclipse........i simply love it........ (Report) Reply

  • Sidrah Maryum (7/20/2010 9:47:00 PM)

    i feel that this poem has a great message.
    it tells us of where our world is going when it comes to social relations. i feel that frost is highlighting that either there's going to be really big harsh open hate among people or jealousy that will end thew world when he talks about fire.
    and when talking about ice, he probably means something like cold war, or humans having cold hearts, not mixing with others of their society and unaware of kith and kin.
    whats more, hes probably not talking about actual physical end of the world, but the end of good in here with the end of our social relations! (Report) Reply

  • Daniel Gandarilla (5/21/2010 12:08:00 AM)

    Such a simple poem that carries great elegance. Polar opposites have much more in common than thought. (Report) Reply

  • Ben Lemli (4/2/2010 10:39:00 PM)

    What nobody EVER gets about this masterpiece is that it is completely and fully sarcastic. it is a tongue and cheek play on the idea of 'judgment day'. Yes Frost was a devout Christian, and had a conventional and structured writing style, however he in no was old-fashioned or unoriginal. (Report) Reply

  • Les Wordsmore (3/29/2010 11:27:00 AM)

    I remember reading this poem in middle school. Its excellent, though short. Some great conjecture here. I am from the town over from Lawrence, MA where Frost is from. But my favorite has always been Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.


    Check out some of my poetry....Wesley Wynwood (Report) Reply

  • J Battle (3/11/2010 1:18:00 PM)

    I agree with the notion that fire represents the means of punishment for all those nice elements that drive our ego. I believe the message here is that he agrees that we will all be punished for our sins as outlined by Dante's Inferno. Let us admit to the fact that society lacks a superego as a whole-we are all driven by our own desires. Frost also makes it clear that freezing to death would be I much better way to die- which I am in agreeance with. Death by hyporthermia in which your heart slowly stops beating is much more desirable that incineration! (Report) Reply

  • Russ Hurley (3/9/2010 7:00:00 PM)

    If you really want to understand the true meaning of this poem, look up Dante's Inferno (not the videogame either) . Its not as innocent as it sounds (Report) Reply

  • Charmian Laughton (2/25/2010 5:33:00 PM)

    I think frost is commenting on both the power of human nature and the elements. Fire and ice is used literally and metaphorically.Metaphorically speaking he uses fire to symbolise passion, desire, lust and ice to symbolise hate, destruction and indifference.Both these emotions have the capacity to cause the downfall of the human race. On a more literal level he is musing over the capacity of the elements to wreak destruction on mankind.I think the question is; is he talking about the end of the world in a literal sense or is he eluding to the loss of hope. He had lost his wife i believe shortly before writing this poem.There is a melancholic thread that runs throughout and a sense of hopelessness. His final analysis is that in the end it matters not how it ends. Vey sad. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Fernandes (1/26/2010 1:04:00 AM)

    Simple thought yet fantastic! There is hatred around, enough to destroy life on earth. Enoyed the poem. Ciao (Report) Reply

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