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Analysis and comments on Fire and Ice by Robert Frost

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Comment 132 of 522, 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

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

Jo from United Kingdom
Comment 131 of 522, added on June 4th, 2008 at 11:38 AM.

I have studied Robert Frost's poetry and i know that he tends to focus on
the use of nature which is why i think he is refering to ice as a killer of
nature when he says that it will suffice.

Miss.K.Sadler from United Kingdom
Comment 130 of 522, added on April 4th, 2008 at 10:17 PM.

this poem is aight you know

Jorge from United States
Comment 129 of 522, added on March 26th, 2008 at 10:38 PM.

i think Robert Frost means that fire and ice can be equally destructive
whether your talking about actual physical destruction or in people. Hate
can be expressed as either a hot temper(fire) or cold silence burrowed deep
P.S. Hillary Clinton's a man.

nico from United States
Comment 128 of 522, added on January 4th, 2008 at 5:50 PM.

We are thinking about writing a paper on this poem but I dont know. It is
good. Right now as we speak Elizabeth and Anderson are in english class.
Elizabeth has spanish next and Anderson has chemistry next. ELizabeth is
scared to death because she might get her spanish exam back and she thinks
she failed. Anderson got an 82 on her spanish exam. goodbye.......for

Elizabeth and Anderson from United States
Comment 127 of 522, added on January 4th, 2008 at 5:43 PM.

this is a good poem. I think Im going to write a paper about it, but i
have not decided yet between this poem and some others of frost's. Im in
my english class right now. I have spanish next. goodbye

elizabeth from United States
Comment 126 of 522, added on May 10th, 2007 at 10:53 AM.

I love this poem. it's great. little freaky thinking of the end of the
world though.

Gary Alan Graham JR. from United States
Comment 125 of 522, added on May 2nd, 2007 at 2:27 PM.

This poem was awsome baby!

eric e. from United States
Comment 124 of 522, added on April 30th, 2007 at 11:52 AM.

The poem discusses the end of the world, with Frost positing that it could
end in either fire or ice. He relates the two elemental forces with the
human emotions desire and hate, respectively, and suggests that while the
chill might of hate certainly has the power to end the world, his
experiences have led him to believe that it is in the fires of passion that
the end times will be found.

Jeremy from United States
Comment 123 of 522, added on April 16th, 2007 at 10:31 AM.

To Georie from United States,

First of all, just because you have an interpretation, it does not mean
that everyone else's is incorrect.
Second, I believe it is known that Robert Frost was not involved in some
sort of relationship problem at the time when he wrote the poem.
Third, if you think that just because some interpretations sound strange
that the author is deranged and should be placed in asylum, you are very,
VERY stupid.

That's about it.

Dan from China

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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 17. Fire and Ice
Volume: New Hampshire
Year: 1923
Added: Feb 1 2004
Viewed: 201 times
Poem of the Day: Feb 1 2003

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