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Analysis and comments on Fire and Ice by Robert Frost

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Comment 51 of 511, 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 511, 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 511, 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 511, 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
Comment 47 of 511, added on April 19th, 2005 at 4:30 AM.

everyone who has added a comment who thinks that this poem is about the end
of the world you are wrong. well that's what i think. i did an analysis of
this poem for my year eleven literature class and what it's talking about
is desire and hate. basically frost is telling us his opinion which is
desire is stronger than hate, even if hate can be very strong, maybe
destructive is a better word than strong. so to the ignorant 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.

Bridget from Australia
Comment 46 of 511, added on April 15th, 2005 at 1:56 PM.

I have no idea what this poem is talking about! Did something happen in
1923 to make him write this poem?

Michele from United Kingdom
Comment 45 of 511, added on April 14th, 2005 at 9:37 PM.

I don't have anything against looking deeply into something, a person can
look deeply at anything. But for me, sometimes I just like to marinate in
simplicity for a bit, then take it slow as I look deep... Rushing into
depth can just make people look like fools.. Who knows, maybe thats a rare
goal of a poet, just simplicity...

Bonnie from Bolivia
Comment 44 of 511, added on April 14th, 2005 at 10:10 AM.

I think Robert from Canada is right about this poem....i also think he ment
to say "buddha" in stead of "bohta".....but i would just like to say marry
me robert...i love U!

Jessica from United States
Comment 43 of 511, added on March 31st, 2005 at 10:20 AM.

This poem is talking about the destruction of our world. The author wrote
this poem in opinion, not in fact. The author wrote this to express how he
felt about the world ending. Anyways the world is not going to end anytime

Glen Wollney from United States
Comment 42 of 511, added on March 24th, 2005 at 11:01 AM.

My interpretation of the poem is that death is inevitable. People can
argue back and forth on how we will perish but, in the end, we all will
sometime and it makes no difference whether it is by 'fire' or 'ice'.

Lynn 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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