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Analysis and comments on Fire and Ice by Robert Frost

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Comment 141 of 381, added on December 10th, 2009 at 11:42 AM.
fire and ice

i agree with this poem because if i was to die twice i would want the world
to end in both ways fire and ice is teh best poem frost has written

brian from United States
Comment 140 of 381, added on October 20th, 2009 at 6:39 PM.

Frost considers the fact that fire, equally as powerful as ice has an equal
capacity to destroy the earth as does ice, its polar opposite. Honesty,
when we consider all the talk about global warming, the melting of the
polar ice caps, etc. and when you consider the bible's warnings about how
the world will be destroyed, is it any wonder he wrote about this? The idea
of opposites possessing the same level of power to achieve the same
outcomes is interesting if not paradoxical in and of itself. Additionally,
when we examine hate, often spoken of in relation to people behaving in a
manner which seems cold as ice, it is no wonder that this comparison is
made. Similarly, when people desire others, we speak of them being hot for
them. So, desire is here discussed in conjunction with fire. Still, we
can't ignore the fact that desire and hate, like fire and ice, are polar
opposites of each other, and still, like fire and ice, have equal amounts
of power. There are many, many ways in which desire can destroy the world:
disease, murder, etc. Unpleasant as these things are they are seen when
love runs to excessive degrees. In fact, when hate is excessive, we see
war, murder, etc. Mankind will meet its end one day. It has always been
clear that either a natural disaster or element such as fire or ice or our
own excessive ways of pursing desire or hate (vengance) will cause our
downfall.

From My Classroom from United States
Comment 139 of 381, added on October 1st, 2009 at 12:08 PM.

This poem as with any poem can mean several different things to anyone who
reads it. This is the good thing about poetry as the writer writes it is
one thing to him and as we the public read it, it becomes one thing to us.
Therefore, no one's opinion can be wrong. The one thing I would like to say
however; Frost, the author, was not a man who believed in the Christian
God. Frost was an agnostic, so to think that this poem has anything to do
with religion is just silly. If you are trying to analyze exactly what the
poem was written about, it surely was not of that of heaven and hell.
Though one can make out his own interpretation of what the poem says to
you, quite literally this poem was written about the extremes of one's
emotions in a relationship using figurative language to compare it to Fire
and Ice.

Michala from United States
Comment 138 of 381, added on May 19th, 2009 at 7:47 PM.

The Poem is not talking about Heaven and hell, as i thought the same thing
because in the last lines he says the destruction Ice would also be great,
meaning fire was great too, and we all know if he got to die twice, after
the first time in hell he would know it was not great. I believe it is
talking about relationships ending in hatred or desires, either for other
men or women or possessions. But this is my opinion.

Travis from United States
Comment 137 of 381, added on April 23rd, 2009 at 2:10 AM.

I think fire represents passion, hate expressed through violent means while
ice represents apathy, distance and just general coldness.

Wally from United States
Comment 136 of 381, added on April 22nd, 2009 at 12:34 PM.

To dan from china

dan i agree with you about robert frost wasnt from a nut house he was just
saying what he thought and if he was raised that way hell i was raised that
way all he was doing was expressing he words

Gopher from United States
Comment 135 of 381, added on March 19th, 2009 at 12:36 PM.

my inturpritation,

some will die in hell,
some in heaven.
what i've learned in life
i would die in hell.
but if i was to die twice,
i know enough of hell
to die and go to heaven
would be great.

Timmy Carnes from United States
Comment 134 of 381, added on February 15th, 2009 at 6:08 PM.

the way i look at it is that anything can end either good or bad. he is
more so looking at fire or something ending good.and that he would also be
ok if it would end bad because it was bound to happen anyway.

im not sure thats just what i got out of it..

tiffany from United States
Comment 133 of 381, added on September 23rd, 2008 at 9:13 AM.

Fire and Ice by Robert Frost is a great poem, with alot of different
meanings that other people see it as.
My opinion is that hes talking about "Hate"(ice) and "Desire"(fire), with
these two great forces (fire and ice) are used as the destruction to end
the world. But i think what Robert Frost was explaining was that "Desire"
was his first choice because we all know that if u had "Desire" it would be
more mentally stronger than "Hate" which is in my opinion, true.

Ralph from United States
Comment 132 of 381, added on June 7th, 2008 at 10:32 AM.

I've just got this poem given to me in my synoptic paper for my A level
english exam, all your points have been really interesting!
I'd like to think that the only reason that he talks about the end of the
world is to justify how destructive and strong he imagines these two forces
to be.
I feel like he's just giving himself an excuse to talk about what he really
wants to explore which I thought could be his two comparisons to fire and
ice - desire and hate. By comparing them to such elements he makes them
appear almost godly and unbeatable. He does of course present them very
negatively but by using the word 'great' it seems to me that he might have
some sort of facsination with them.. Like he knows that they are awful, but
he also deems desire and hate to be things that are natural (like fire and
ice).

Anyway, I'm rambling... It's a pretty interesting poem though!! xx

Jo from United Kingdom

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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 17. Fire and Ice
Volume: New Hampshire
Year: 1923
Added: Feb 1 2004
Viewed: 1191 times
Poem of the Day: Feb 1 2003


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