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Fire And Ice Analysis



Author: Poetry of Robert Frost Type: Poetry Views: 1236474

New Hampshire1923Some say the world will end in fire,

Some say in ice.

From what I've tasted of desire

I hold with those who favor fire.

But if it had to perish twice,

I think I know enough of hate

To say that for destruction ice

Is also great

And would suffice.






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Twilight, are you serious?
What kind of weak minded person thinks like that?
This poem is published bevore any of those stupid books ever came out!

| Posted on 2014-06-15 | by a guest


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Thank you to everyone on this site, You have been a great help with my analysis of this poem. I will probably get an A for this :))

| Posted on 2012-07-30 | by a guest


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this poem is not about twilight for twilight came from a dream dreamt by a woman and this poem was writen by a man long before any woman dreamt of a vampire romance were the girl is akwward

| Posted on 2012-04-03 | by a guest


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If you are going to criticize how other people think and condemn them for misunderstanding, at least use the correct grammar. Oh, and this is a wonderful poem.

| Posted on 2012-03-08 | by a guest


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Just to clarify for everyone that may be misunderstanding. \"Twilight\" was the name of the first publication that Robert Frost did of a collection of poems in 1894, he only had two printed, one for himself and one for his highschool sweetheart whom he later married.

| Posted on 2012-02-28 | by a guest


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Some of you people irritate me!! im looking on here for answers and theres all these dumb comments about twilight!! THIS POEM HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH TWILIGHT!! so let it gooo

| Posted on 2012-02-23 | by a guest


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I wonder that the people who connects this poem to twilight how they can be more shallow!!

| Posted on 2012-02-19 | by a guest


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Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I\'ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
[here the author intentionally makes the comparison between fire and desire. this suggest that fire symbolizes greed and power hunger. The author impleys that just like fire greed will \"burn\" the world down quickly and just like fire greed is unstoppable]
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
[the author associates the words hate and ice, wich impleys that ice represents hate. Another way that the world can end. Unlike fire and just like ice hate is subtle and numbing. The author cautions the reader against ignoring hate, as \"for destruction ice is also great and would suffice\"]
Is also great
And would suffice.

| Posted on 2012-02-02 | by a guest


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Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I\'ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
[here the author intentionally makes the comparison between fire and desire. this suggest that fire symbolizes greed and power hunger. The author impleys that just like fire greed will \"burn\" the world down quickly and just like fire greed is unstoppable]
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
[the author associates the words hate and ice, wich impleys that ice represents hate. Another way that the world can end. Unlike fire and just like ice hate is subtle and numbing. The author cautions the reader against ignoring hate, as \"for destruction ice is also great and would suffice\"]
Is also great
And would suffice.
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| Posted on 2012-02-02 | by a guest


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\"Fire and Ice\", more like \"fire and Fag\"

| Posted on 2012-01-24 | by a guest


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Please google the meaning of this poem. Robert Frost was an amazing poet. This is about a relationship.
There is a write up on it... Long before Twilight ever existed and if you read his other works you will see most is about life and the trials and tribulations that one goes thru in making decisions. Look up his most famous The Road. That\'s clear. This is not about Twilight. Althought the poem fits perfectly with the movie. I\'ve had this poem tattooed on me for many many years. Long before Edward, Bella & Jacob existed.

| Posted on 2012-01-20 | by a guest


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this poem means .Some say in ice.
From what I\'ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

| Posted on 2012-01-18 | by a guest


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I think he is comparing two different ways the world could end, in fire or in ice. By ice I think he is referring to hate it is often described as a cold emotion. Hate could easily cause a war, fighting sevral things which could lead to the destruction of man kind. Then by fire I think he is talking about desire such as lust, greed etc. Greed is probably the most pressing issue. People just want more and they get it at the expense of others which again could easily lead to our extinction!

| Posted on 2012-01-14 | by a guest


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I think he is comparing two different ways the world could end, in fire or in ice. By ice I think he is referring to hate it is often described as a cold emotion. Hate could easily cause a war, fighting sevral things which could lead to the destruction of man kind. Then by fire I think he is talking about desire such as lust, greed etc. Greed is probably the most pressing issue. People just want more and they get it at the expense of others which again could easily lead to our extinction!

| Posted on 2012-01-14 | by a guest


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Whoever is the idiot talking about Twilight, your a dumbass!

| Posted on 2012-01-13 | by a guest


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I think It\'s about the end of a relationship. When love vanishes, it\'s better in hate or in indifference?

| Posted on 2012-01-12 | by a guest


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This poem is about the world, ovbiously. He\'s trying to consider the people in it. Theres hate which represents Fire. He\'s saying hate will end it. And may possibly occure. Due to wars and fights. It just may so happen. But dieing because of ice would be alot of beter... Since dying of hate isn\'t very good.

| Posted on 2011-12-14 | by a guest


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\"Id say that this poem clearly represent the vampire and werewolf the werewolf beig hot and all that! the vampire being cold and stuff, so this poem is about how twilight is going to end like if bella is going to end in fire or ice so anyon who think this poem aint about twilight are stupid its in the book guys and it was clearly written to be in it com on people jacob reprensent the fire he is hot and always shirtless and represent the teasing fireand bella might end with him (wich represent the end of the world in fire ) the autor clearly state tht he is on team Jacob (L) by saying that he would rather end the world in fire but eh also said that she wouldnt mind ice wich mean that she would not mind ending with Edward the ice cold vampire. The auteur also sayed that if she could end twice she would end with both because Edward and jacob are both really attractive!
Hope this helped you guys get this poem cause a lot of you seemed really off!!
Love Steph XoX\"
LOL really, just really. This is too funny I just have to point this out.

| Posted on 2011-12-07 | by a guest


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Love this poem thinking about getting it tattooed but this really has nothing to do with twilight after ready some of these post I\'m thinking this world is going to hell anyone born after 1992 is just dumb

| Posted on 2011-11-30 | by a guest


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I believe that in this poem, Frost is claiming that he would rather die by fire, representing overwhelming feelings of anger than by loneliness.
He might also mean that he would rather have someone to hate than nobody at all.

| Posted on 2011-11-13 | by a guest


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could it be, should he die tomorrow he would decide to commit a crime or somthing of that nature, but if he had to do it again doing good would also suffice

| Posted on 2011-11-03 | by a guest


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Fire and Ice is a poem written by Robert Frost first published in 1923. The poem has an irregular rhyming pattern and is nine lines long and contains 51 words. In this poem Frost is describing how the world will end. He describes two ways that the world might end: by fire or ice. He thinks the world will end in fire but it doesnt really matter. People shouldnt fight about how the world will end but should focus on the present day.
By Fire, I believe he means our human instinct to attack and fear what we do not understand. Fire could also be referring the apocalypse described to in the Bible. He refers to having tasted desire, which could mean the desire for power and money.
By Ice he may be talking about the burning out of the sun which will cause the Earth to freeze. In general the poem is talking about the world ending in a non-religious way such as disease, natural disaster or inability to adapt to changing environments or war.
He saw what a little hate between two countries can do to the entire world and how war could destroy the world. If every country got into a giant war, the planet could be annihilated. When Frost wrote this, WWI had just ended so he had seen a lot of the destruction war can cause.

| Posted on 2011-10-31 | by a guest


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The Poem refers to destruction which is inevitable as in Death. People say that sometimes Powerful desire and lust (in all contexts) can lead to destruction of a person\'s world but some say hatred and contempt can end it too. So the poet basically favors fire as he thinks that desire is a better way to get destroyed but acknowledges that hate can end a person too

| Posted on 2011-09-17 | by a guest


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My personal opinion is that this poem signifies life after death. Whether or not you leave behind a legacy. for example, ice is cold, is stillness, frozen in time, slow moving, therefore, after death your legacy is frozen in history (e.g Robert Frosts legacy) or fire, which is a rapid way of destruction and death, leaving no trace behind, e.g your legacy.

| Posted on 2011-08-31 | by a guest


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I think he\'s saying that both hatred and love/lust are capable of great destruction. I love this poem, and I have no idea why they featured it in a Twilight movie. It\'s not going to make them any better!

| Posted on 2011-08-01 | by a guest


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The comments on this board are very interesting. While there are some superficial characterization parallels with Twilight\'s non-human races (vampire = cold and werewolf = heat) it doesn\'t stand to close scrutiny as some vampire characters display passion and some werewolves stubborn reasoning.
If we simply go back to the poem, it\'s objective is to serve as a warning to man how he can easily destroy good things in life through uncontrolled anger, lust, or hatred. From an individual\'s perspective, humankind does not have to cease to exist for someone\'s life to be ruined through acts of violence or frigid neglect.

| Posted on 2011-07-26 | by a guest


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the girl who said this was about twilight.you needs to gets a life,im pretty sure you might be retarded

| Posted on 2011-07-11 | by a guest


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i think this poem is about life, fire and ice are both deadly. Something like fire is powerful, its hot but its is dangerous if it is dealt in the wrong way. Ice is cold, and it\'s dark . It think thid poem is relating towards sin. We all have sinned but somwtimes the actions that we take may lead to a bigger consequences and i think this is what the poem mean

| Posted on 2011-06-13 | by a guest


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I think the poem is about taking decisions, which will change your present predicament. Fire stands for passion, where you use your heart to take a decision whereas ice stands for reason. When Frost says that the world will end by ice. I guess, he\'s saying that one\'s situation might also alter by reasoning out things properly and end this world you\'re living in. When he says \"If it had to perish twice,\" he means changing your decisions...And choosing your world\'s end.

| Posted on 2011-05-24 | by a guest


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I think the poem is about taking decisions, which will change your present predicament. Fire stands for passion, where you use your heart to take a decision whereas ice stands for reason. When Frost says that the world will end by ice. I guess, he\'s saying that one\'s situation might also alter by reasoning out things properly and end this world you\'re living in. When he says \"If it had to perish twice,\" he means changing your decisions...And choosing your world\'s end.

| Posted on 2011-05-24 | by a guest


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NICE GUESSES!!! But the meaning of this poem is sort of simplistic. Fire is to desire as ice is to hatred. Think of the seven sins now... Greed/lust and wrath. Robert Frost have excepted his fate as being a greedy/lustful man, but who doesn\'t want the better things in life? (yep keyword is want) Ice is hatred because... MY ENGLISH TEACHER SAID IT IS!!! Oh, to clear up on the part that says some say the world will end..., that means Robert Frost is thinking of how HUMANS lust for greed and their hatred of each other will bring about an apoclaypse.
Yep... im that good.

| Posted on 2011-05-12 | by a guest


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NICE GUESSES!!! But the meaning of this poem is sort of simplistic. Fire is to desire as ice is to hatred. Think of the seven sins now... Greed/lust and wrath. Robert Frost have excepted his fate as being a greedy/lustful man, but who doesn\'t want the better things in life? (yep keyword is want) Ice is hatred because... MY ENGLISH TEACHER SAID IT IS!!! Oh, to clear up on the part that says some say the world will end..., that means Robert Frost is thinking of how HUMANS lust for greed and their hatred of each other will bring about an apoclaypse.
Yep... im that good.

| Posted on 2011-05-12 | by a guest


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Id say that this poem clearly represent the vampire and werewolf the werewolf beig hot and all that! the vampire being cold and stuff, so this poem is about how twilight is going to end like if bella is going to end in fire or ice so anyon who think this poem aint about twilight are stupid its in the book guys and it was clearly written to be in it com on people jacob reprensent the fire he is hot and always shirtless and represent the teasing fireand bella might end with him (wich represent the end of the world in fire ) the autor clearly state tht he is on team Jacob (L) by saying that he would rather end the world in fire but eh also said that she wouldnt mind ice wich mean that she would not mind ending with Edward the ice cold vampire. The auteur also sayed that if she could end twice she would end with both because Edward and jacob are both really attractive!
Hope this helped you guys get this poem cause a lot of you seemed really off!!
Love Steph XoX

| Posted on 2011-05-10 | by a guest


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How does the rhyme scheme in this poem serve to highlight the polar opposites?

| Posted on 2011-03-30 | by a guest


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Really?! People get a lyf and stop saying this was based on twilight or dantes inferno. and news flash wikipedia is not a reliable resource because anyone can put what they want to on it.
i think this means that fire is lyk love and wanting to be close and comforted and safe but ice is lyk hatred and living on the edge and not careing.

| Posted on 2011-03-28 | by a guest


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this poem was written before Twilight existed... so i dont think Robert Frost was referring to Twilight... but some of the explanations are really good! thanks :) i needed it for school work :)

| Posted on 2011-03-24 | by a guest


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Wow, i just realized that i made a HUGE mistake by putting up my response to poetry essay before i turned it in to Mr. Skousen\'s page on Now it\'s going to pop up as 100% plagerized. :( ... Is there a way i can take my previous comments off of this website? So it will show if i truly plagerized or not (of course i didn\'t) on

| Posted on 2011-03-24 | by a guest


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Here\'s an Response Essay I just wrote on the poem. -
At first, the poem “Fire and Ice” by Robert Frost may seem like the geological Armageddon of Earth, but if you take a closer look, you will see that it has many other interpretations. A poem not structured by fact, but of opinion. Throughout the poem, Frost uses metaphors, imagery, and little bit of alliteration to convey his message. To me, he is most likely referring to two different flaws of human nature and how they can lead to the destruction of mankind. Whereas fire is greed and desire while ice is cold hatred.
Frost begins his poem briefly describing others opinions on how the world will end. Whether it shall burn in flames or freeze over forever on. The next two lines are then followed by the word “I” which more emphasizes the factor of opinion allowing the reader to form his or her own. Along with opinion, it also creates a more personal and emotional effect that helps connect with the reader.
Among the same two lines that contain the word “I” he mentions his own opinion of how the world will supposedly end, “From what I\'ve tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire.” The word desire is being compared to fire, and like a fire, desire, or greed, spreads rapidly and devours everything in its path, until there is no more left to burn. I highly agree with Robert Frost, because if you look back at the history of the world, this can easily be seen.
Robert Frost later goes on to mention the alternate option of the world’s end, ice. “But if it had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate To say that for destruction ice Is also great.” In this quote, he mentions a second chance of life. I believe this second chance is alluding to the possibility of the world not ending from desire, but of hate. Saying that even though desire may lead to the end first, if there was a second option (chance) hate would and could easily take over.
The final line of the poem; I believe to be the most important one. “And would suffice.” This line seemed confusing at first, but with some help, I was able to decode it. The denotative meaning of suffice is to make adequate or equal. So Frost is saying that no matter what happens, the end would be sufficed, or equal. Meaning whether the world ends in fire or ice, the final outcome will be the same; the deterioration of humanity.
Upon finishing the poem, you must ask yourself, will the world really end in fire or ice? Or is the speaker only using metaphors to express the meaning of something deeper; the downfall of society. Where these two extremities meet upon one common, disastrous fate.

| Posted on 2011-03-24 | by a guest


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This poem is very controversial; everyone seems to have their own opinion on the message Frost was trying to convey. No matter what, I think we can all agree that it\'s a phenomenal work of literature. I personally believe that (like many of you) That desire, or greed, because of it\'s temptation, is most likely the way that humanity (not the planet earth) will end. I have a hard time understanding the ice part, but I think he\'s trying to convey the message that even though desire may lead to the end first, if there was a second option(chance) hate would easily take over. The final sentence I believe to be the most important. \"and would suffice\" The literary meaning of suffice is to be adequate, or make equal. Expressing the idea that no matter what terrible thing happens to end all of humanity, the outcome will always be the same. Just that, the end of humanity. Phew, that was a lot of typing.

| Posted on 2011-03-23 | by a guest


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Please people!!!
Cant you see this is merely a troll??

| Posted on 2011-03-22 | by a guest




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