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Comment 67 of 497, added on September 21st, 2005 at 2:38 AM.

This poem reminds me of my wedding lots of fried rice and frozen beer !!

John from Canada
Comment 66 of 497, added on September 19th, 2005 at 9:06 PM.

Everyone is relating this to ultimate gloom and doom with the end of the
world. If you look at other Frost poems he commonly wrote poems about his
wife (ex. the silken tent). The poem is a comment on his marriage. Fire
is like the hatred or someone "spitting fire". But ice is the cold
shoulder she puts on him that is just as painful. The destruction of the
world is not to be taken literally. Frost is too good to just throw
something that simple out as the world will either catch on fire or go
through an ice age.

Keith from United States
Comment 65 of 497, added on September 7th, 2005 at 9:23 PM.

I like this poem, the first time i read it was in 4th grade the poem stuck
out to me because i wasn't the happiest person. I feel the poem is
discribing as prity much every one else said fire is desire and ice is hate
I personaly feel that the world will end in ice. I guess i just realy like
this poem.

Kelson Dearth from United States
Comment 64 of 497, added on July 25th, 2005 at 7:07 PM.


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 497, 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 497, 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 497, 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 497, 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 497, 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 497, 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

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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 17. Fire and Ice
Volume: New Hampshire
Year: 1923
Added: Feb 1 2004
Viewed: 219 times
Poem of the Day: Feb 1 2003

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