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Robert Frost's "Fire and Ice"

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Introduction

Robert Frost's "Fire and Ice" Fire and Ice is a popular poem written in 1923 by Robert Frost. It is a very well known poem and is used in many high schools and colleges today. Many students along with various critics read this poem as Frost's idea as to how the world is going to end. People also take this in a Biblical sense, because the passage that God states the next time he destroys the world, it will be in fire. He blatantly states in the first lines, "Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice", which leads many critics to believe the simplicity of this poem was to be taken as simple and to the point. However, the poem was written in the roaring twenties, which is why I believe Frost had a deeper meaning attached than how the world was going to end. Opposing most critics with their view of this idea, I believe Robert Frost's "Fire and Ice" is about love. ...read more.

Middle

The hatred like ice is always the same. Constantly cold and hard like a bad winter. However, the love, or fire, is continuously burning and the passion and desire only get bigger. Love is consuming while hate is cold and stops everything. The metaphor of fire and ice is very powerful. It is easy to take this poem in the simplest form, because of the reality of the idea of the world being destroyed in fire or ice. When taken as a metaphor, the simple words suddenly mean something very profound. Yvette Sangiorgio states, "Both of these extremes destroy the soul of humanity and the individual, and the metaphors of fire and ice fit" (Sangiorgio par. 3). Through this she is now comparing the world to the human soul. Fire and ice control much of rhyming scheme in this poem. Thus making the word hate, stand out. Although 'great' rhymes with hate, it seems as if this word is out of place with the rest of the poem. ...read more.

Conclusion

Looking through not only the surface meaning, but a close reading of the poem, along with taking in the outside reading, it has become easy to put it all together. Robert Frost was trying to achieve a double meaning throughout the entire poem, "Fire and Ice". He does in fact achieve this by the word choices he made. Also the metaphor and rhymes he makes are unmistakable as to lead one to a deeper meaning. Reading the poem with a complete open mind, will help you to see the various aspects many critics view on this poem. However, when I read the poem I knew immediately Frost was talking about love. In some sense, everyone has felt the effects of a burning love or lack of love, taken over by the feeling of coldness. Digging for a deeper meaning of the poem, it is evident Frost was not only talking about the end of the world, but also the end of a person. The effects of love and hate are enough to put an end to a person, as are the effects of fire and ice to put an end to the world. ...read more.

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