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Analysis and comments on Fire and Ice by Robert Frost

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Comment 57 of 467, added on May 31st, 2005 at 7:04 PM.

I Conor, dubiously review this silly poem and declare Frost was writting
about nothing save fire and ice. Perhaps he was sitting at a campfire
drunk.

Conor from United States
Comment 56 of 467, added on May 23rd, 2005 at 8:36 PM.

Very good poem.. Very good comparison using Fire and Ice

John from United States
Comment 55 of 467, added on May 20th, 2005 at 7:37 AM.

I believe that this story is a comparison of to emotions. Hatred and lust
are to powerful emotions that I believe he was feeling at the time he wrote
this very poem. The hatred in his heart was being fought by the lust in his
heart. Mixed emotions got to him, and he express his feelings the only way
he could by poem. If you watch cartoons, think about how cartoon charecters
eyes flame up when they really hate someone. Like Daffy hating Bugs, or
Elmer hating Bugs; it's signifying the hatred for one another. You notice
that you get an icy feeling deep down inside. Like there is no one around
who even gives a damn about you. Thats a thought that sends a chill down my
spine. Comparing fire and ice is an imagery statment that hides the true
meaning of this poem. Which is when you put hate vs. lust you get a
STALMATE.

mike from Thailand
Comment 54 of 467, added on May 11th, 2005 at 1:13 PM.

I THINK THAT FROST IS A VERY TALENTED PERSON. BASICALLY THIS POEM IS A BOUT
HATE. WHAT IT IS TALKING ABOUT IS THE DESIRE TO HATE. BASCiALLY FROST IS
TELLING US HIS OPOIN WHICH IS DESIRE TO STRONGER THAN HATE. EVEN IF HATE
CAN BE VERY STRONG. MAYBE DESTRICTION IS A BETTER WORD THAN STRONG. SO IT
MAY LOOK LIKE JUST A POEM ABOUT THE END OF THE WORLD, BUT IF YOU LOOK
CLOSER IT'S ABOUT THE DESIRE AND HATE. FROST JUST USES THE END OF THE WORLD
AS A METAPHORE FOR THOSE THINGS.

okeyonna from United States
Comment 53 of 467, added on May 10th, 2005 at 8:31 PM.

I believe that Frost is criticizing the modern world. He wrote this poem
after WWI, didnt he? Fire could represent the weapons and wars, while ice
could signify hatred. "From what I've tasted of desire". Is this quote
referring to WWI, and the ice, what is it? The lust between nations? Please
give me some feedback

Carlos from United States
Comment 52 of 467, added on May 2nd, 2005 at 8:44 AM.

You are all wrong im a college graduate of harvard and just recently
figured out this poem. Its a metaphorical meaning on nothingness.... He
means the world could end in fire or ice. There is no reason to spend time
thinking of the poem when the answer is so simple

Jerry from United States
Comment 51 of 467, added on May 1st, 2005 at 12:10 PM.

hello every one i am a student of critical reading and my opinion about
this poem is that Robert frost is only talking about the end of the world
but he compairs fire to bad ness and ice to care free attitude. 1ooos of
people have tried to bring peace to the world but have failed and died
doing sooo but mean ness and hatered never ended but keeps increasing....
robert frost in my opinion feels the same that it will end in fire which
today means wars and massditruction... he must have writen this long back
but was thinking a lot ahead

sakina from United Arab Emirates
Comment 50 of 467, added on April 25th, 2005 at 7:23 PM.

Hate is often equated with ice, as in 'ice-cold hatred', or 'giving someone
an icy stare'. Lust similarly is often equated with fire, to 'burn with
lust' etc. It seems to me that Frost was writing at a time when the two
major schools of thought in the West were Materialstic or Religious. The
reference to the destruction of the world by ice is the scientific belief
that the universe will essentially run out of energy as it tends to
entropy. The religious (specifically christian) belief that the universe
would be destroyed by fire in the second coming of the Christ. Frost, on
the other hand, recognises enough of the evil in human kind to believe that
neither of these things is necessary to destroy the world. The lust and
greed in human nature could destroy it long before either of these two
events could happen. On the other hand, the sheer malice and hatred in
human nature could also destroy the world. Frost suggests that he thinks
that lust and greed are more likely to end the world, but that hatred could
also be the culprit.

Don't be so quick to ridicule someone else's exposition

joan from United Kingdom
Comment 49 of 467, added on April 25th, 2005 at 1:33 AM.

Could this possibly be inspired by WWI? Think about it, all the thoughts of
destruction and hate that go with war must have influenced him in some way
to write this. Robert Frost is my favorite Poet by the way.

rob from United States
Comment 48 of 467, added on April 24th, 2005 at 4:07 PM.

I could call you a heinous b!tch, but I'm not that harsh. You probably have
a perfectly good reason for unleashing the fire of you pseudointellect, who
am I to say amything? If Frost was indeed commenting on the power of lust
vs. the power of hate, which is which? Since when is iciness equated with
either of the two? It appears your analysis crumbles under the slightest
amount of pressure. Try harder next time, and don't be so quick to attack.
As the kids nowadays say-

Slow your roll.

Lindsey from United States

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


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