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Analysis and comments on Fire and Ice by Robert Frost

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Comment 104 of 504, added on March 21st, 2006 at 3:52 PM.

it could be his response to the great war a.k.a. WWI. "The world will end
in fire" fire could represent the war and struggles that were going on. and
ice could be the forshadow that the time off war will end the war because
Germany suffered from the loss of claims and took blame for WWI.

Thomas Conran from United States
Comment 103 of 504, added on March 2nd, 2006 at 2:48 AM.

Robert Frost is twisting an age old question of how the world will end,
with human relationships. “Some say the world will end in fire, / some say
in ice.” As we read through the poem, though it is short, it answers more
than just the obvious question posed; it tells us of the author’s feelings
towards relationships.
On the outside, Frost is examining what will bring the world’s demise, but
underneath he is describing a relationship. “From what I’ve tasted of
desire / I hold with those who favor fire.” Fire would certainly be able to
destroy the world in his opinion; but at the same time he is saying he has
come to know love, and it is covetable.
But he goes on to say that ice would also be able to destroy the world,
that coldness would be a sufficient end. “To say that for destruction ice /
is also great / and would suffice.” So he never really answers the question
of how the world will end, and that is appropriate when you think about it
because no one really knows for sure. But as I said this poem isn’t just
about answering some arcane uncertainty, it’s about his feelings toward
This is a man who has seen love and knows the upside of it, the power of
it (“I hold with those who favor fire”). But he has been hurt and he has
seen both sides of passion, passionate love and passionate hate (“I think I
know enough of hate”), and if he had to go through the pain of losing
someone twice, he would choose not to love at all (“But if it had to perish
twice / To say that for destruction ice / is also great / And would
Summarized in one simple line: Frost would rather not love at all, than to
have loved and lost. There’s an underlying tone here, not how the world
will end – but that it will end. Relationships will end – and to a larger
extent life will end. And Frost is simply saying that we will all come to
our end eventually; whether we meet that end after a passionate marriage
that ended badly or a life of solitude devoid of much joy or sorry, we will
end – and maybe the latter of the two is good enough.

carmen from United States
Comment 102 of 504, added on February 27th, 2006 at 7:31 PM.

actually the poem is a parallel of the earth ending in fire and ice and
desire and hatred destroying humans to the same effect.

Comment 101 of 504, added on February 24th, 2006 at 9:22 PM.

Dear mr.Frost,
You have really inspired me to speak my mind.Esspecaily
my teacher Ms.Lauren Mummert.I was woundering if you can come to Alameda
Elementay School on 2732 N.E Fremont & 27th ave.Portland Oregon.I'm In
Mrs.Deans room if you get a chance.My whole class wrote acrostic poems and
we just finished doing free verse ppoems.We would love to read them to
you!!!!!!!!! THAANX A LOT!!!

Katelynn Harker from United States
Comment 100 of 504, added on February 23rd, 2006 at 10:36 AM.

I need help writing a essay on the theme of frost poems! well I think the
theme is about nature or most of his poems. And im in highschool so nothin
to smart.

Fred from United States
Comment 99 of 504, added on February 20th, 2006 at 11:21 AM.

Notme, it would be very appreciated if you don't disrespect other people's
poetry. I don't even know what it means, but it's a great poem. I can't
stop reading it!

Tree from United States
Comment 98 of 504, added on February 11th, 2006 at 11:52 AM.

na na na na na na na na na na. bla bla bla bla.
it will end in ice!
cause I like rice
gross is lice
cute as mice!
number 6 on dice
large pizza slice

bobonia from Grenada
Comment 97 of 504, added on February 7th, 2006 at 10:37 AM.

This poem im doing for a school project, and we didnt know that a really
short poem could mean like a bazillion things! ITS FREAKING SWEET!!

Ashlynn from United States
Comment 96 of 504, added on January 31st, 2006 at 10:38 PM.


Kimber from United States
Comment 95 of 504, added on January 17th, 2006 at 3:16 PM.

hellow people who have no lifes reading this

nadia from United States

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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 17. Fire and Ice
Volume: New Hampshire
Year: 1923
Added: Feb 1 2004
Viewed: 315 times
Poem of the Day: Feb 1 2003

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