Edmund Spenser

(1552 - 13 January 1599 / London / England)

My Love Is Like To Ice - Poem by Edmund Spenser

My love is like to ice, and I to fire:
How comes it then that this her cold so great
Is not dissolved through my so hot desire,
But harder grows the more I her entreat?
Or how comes it that my exceeding heat
Is not allayed by her heart-frozen cold,
But that I burn much more in boiling sweat,
And feel my flames augmented manifold?
What more miraculous thing may be told,
That fire, which all things melts, should harden ice,
And ice, which is congeal's with senseless cold,
Should kindle fire by wonderful device?
Such is the power of love in gentle mind,
That it can alter all the course of kind.


Comments about My Love Is Like To Ice by Edmund Spenser

  • Roseann Shawiak (1/18/2016 10:55:00 AM)

    Very mind enticing poem, loved how it's crafted in a contradictory way, it stimulates the mind's desire and passion quite well. Loved this poem! RoseAnn (Report) Reply

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  • Alisha Castle Alisha Castle (12/27/2015 12:46:00 PM)

    this is such a wonderful poetry (Report) Reply

  • Alem Hailu G/kristos Alem Hailu G/kristos (12/25/2015 7:09:00 AM)

    Paradox is a key device in crafting good poems.I really appreciate the poet this device into play to grab attention.Fire could not melt ice, which could not extinguish fire.A great poet (Report) Reply

  • The Poet Poet (12/10/2015 9:50:00 PM)

    very cool
    but not iced poetry
    she must be cold
    not like you warm
    some women are
    like radish and cabbage (Report) Reply

  • Angelique Rigas Angelique Rigas (12/6/2015 6:16:00 PM)

    I love this poem; it is so beautiful! it hooks the reader right away, and completely blows one's mind. (Report) Reply

  • Anitah Muwanguzi Anitah Muwanguzi (12/3/2015 8:18:00 AM)

    A very powerful poem. Unrequited love, boundless passion. So sad it sometimes is this way, and there's no justification for the emotions that won't fade. (Report) Reply

  • Along Bar (10/23/2015 12:34:00 PM)

    Such is the power of love in gentle mind... Nicely done! (Report) Reply

  • Akintoye Temitayo Akintoye Temitayo (9/9/2015 3:21:00 PM)

    beautifully done. its brilliant (Report) Reply

  • Tara Johnson Tara Johnson (8/18/2015 1:55:00 PM)

    i really love this poem (Report) Reply

  • Nyota Yasulwe Nyota Yasulwe (8/11/2015 7:53:00 AM)

    Very well written poem! Ice and fire staying together without quenching each other. (Report) Reply

  • Angel Dzidula-komla Angel Dzidula-komla (7/31/2015 5:16:00 PM)

    beautiful poem piece. prolific work done (Report) Reply

  • Sofia Kioroglou Sofia Kioroglou (7/30/2015 7:50:00 AM)

    No words can describe the beauty of this poem! Excellent work! (Report) Reply

  • Herbert Guitang Herbert Guitang (7/12/2015 3:36:00 AM)

    My love is like to ice, and I to fire:
    How comes it then that this her cold so great
    Is not dissolved through my so hot desire,
    The best (Report) Reply

  • Allotey Abossey (5/23/2015 9:55:00 PM)

    good one there my friend (Report) Reply

  • Allotey Abossey (5/23/2015 9:54:00 PM)

    good one there my friend. (Report) Reply

  • Madathil Rajendran Nair Madathil Rajendran Nair (4/7/2015 1:07:00 AM)

    Very truly said:

    Such is the power of love in gentle mind,
    That it can alter all the course of kind. (Report) Reply

  • Edgar Stevens Edgar Stevens (12/10/2014 3:18:00 AM)

    this is one nice poem... (Report) Reply

  • Jayatissa K. Liyanage Jayatissa K. Liyanage (9/30/2014 9:04:00 PM)

    Conflicting ideas, views, concepts, attitudes and what else may collide, yet, love will survive amidst all that! An excellent theme and a wonderful write. I like it. (Report) Reply

  • Kay Staley (9/30/2014 9:49:00 AM)

    The last two lines are so very nice. Sometimes I wish that we still talked like that so I could learn to better understand the exact connotations on all the words he uses. There is no question as to why this poem is still around. I feel like there is more to it than what it says...I wonder what Edmund Spenser was thinking about when he wrote it? (Report) Reply

  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (9/30/2014 4:00:00 AM)

    such is the power of love in gentle mind. That it can alter all the course of kind. A great poem. More than four hundred years before the poem created and in such beauty and word power. The experience of reading such poems really feeling happiness. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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