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Comment 64 of 474, added on July 25th, 2005 at 7:07 PM.

FLAT OR ROUND

Some say the world is surely flat,
Some call it round.
From standing here on my bath mat
I hold with those who favor flat.
But from an Aussie's vantage ground,
I think I would equivocate
And say that when Down Under round
Is also great
When upside down.

--Jim Boone

FN: With apologies to Robert Lee Frost

Jim Boone from United States
Comment 63 of 474, added on July 11th, 2005 at 5:07 AM.

Hi, I have seen all your comments in order for me to do some research for
my literature. I am very impressed by all your work...you guys have really
given very insightful comments.Anyway, this is what I think.
In his poem “Fire and Ice” Robert frost compares and contrasts the two
destructive forces: fire and ice. In the first two lines of the poem he
presents two options for the end of the world: an end by fire or by ice. He
takes the position of fire in the next two lines and relates fire to
desire. This comparison suggests that Frost views desire as something that
consumes and destroys. Desire does indeed have a way of consuming those it
infects. However, in the next stanza Frost makes the case for the
destructive force of ice. He compares ice to hate. This comparison relates
to the reader a view of hate as something that causes people to be rigid,
unmoving and cold. Also, ice has a tendency to encompass things and cause
them to crack and break. The last line of Frost’s poem asserts that the two
destructive forces are equally great. Fire, or passion, consumes and
destroys quickly, leaving ashes in its wake. Ice, or hatred, destroys more
slowly. It causes object to become so immovable that they crack from the
pressure created, leaving split fragments that once were whole. From the
views frost states in this poem it would be fair to extrapolate that he
believes the world will end in violent war for coveted things. However,
Frost also could conceive of an end of the world caused by people becoming
too rigid, unmoving and set in their ways and ideas that the world breaks
apart into factions. Perhaps the destructive force of ice described in the
poem was at work in the “cold” war. The Soviet block was set in its belief
in communism, and the NATO countries were firmly convinced of the virtues
of capitalism and individuality. Cracks formed, creating fragments of a
former whole, Europe. Fire was at work in early wars in which nations
desired more money and territory. It may be fitting then that Frost said
the second destruction would be brought about by ice. Fire destroyed Europe
in the World Wars, but was rebuilt and then destroyed by ice. Care must be
taken, evidently, to keep the world at room temperature.

Wilford from Singapore
Comment 62 of 474, added on July 7th, 2005 at 12:57 PM.

well the world will end but how,with fire or ice ,noone knows exept
allah.and noone should have the right to predict how....

rachid from Morocco
Comment 61 of 474, added on June 13th, 2005 at 1:32 PM.

i really like this poem it made a really good statement to me and i think
the frost is a really good write

Leslie from United States
Comment 60 of 474, added on June 4th, 2005 at 11:23 PM.

Ummm... this poem isn't about the literal destruction of the world. I don't
feel like explaining it all but if you read Dante's Divine Comedy it might
actually make some more sense. Trust me on this; they go together.

Sam from United States
Comment 59 of 474, added on June 2nd, 2005 at 6:16 PM.

The opposite of love is note hate, it is apathy.

Brendan Webber from Canada
Comment 58 of 474, added on June 1st, 2005 at 12:12 AM.

For the unanalytical, this story is simply about predicting if the world
will end in fire or ice but if you look further you can see it is a
contrast of the fire and ice in humanity. The world could either end in a
passionate fury of fire which signifies desire or cold disconsolate ice
which lacks the passion of love. Frost makes his choice of passion but then
says if he had another choice he would have chosen ice. For all it's lack
of passion, it does not also have to deal with the hate and sorrow after
the passion is over and one is left in bitterness. Frost would rather not
have loved than to have loved and lost.

Anushka from New Zealand
Comment 57 of 474, 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 474, 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 474, 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

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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 17. Fire and Ice
Volume: New Hampshire
Year: 1923
Added: Feb 1 2004
Viewed: 24 times
Poem of the Day: Feb 1 2003


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