Multiple Significance to Life
Walking down the street, honking cars ringing in the ears of the busy population of the city. At any point in their walk to their destination a drastic change could occur. Life is and always will be filled with unexpected surprises. Robert Frost, Billy Collins, and Maya Angelou are able to portray these surprises in an abundance of aspects throughout their poetry. Frost, through his demonstration of universal themes, Billy Collins, renowned for his unique approach to otherwise ordinary subjects, and Maya Angelou, eminent for her words inciting political uprisings. “Fire and Ice” by Robert Frost, “Weighing the Dog” by Billy Collins, and “Harlem Hopscotch” by Maya Angelou each contain riveting examples of allegory that allude to each poem’s central theme of the way every individual’s life has different outcomes.
To illustrate the allegory in the poem “Fire and Ice”, Robert Frost uses the comparison of the two elements to create a hidden meaning of how every situation can have a similar outcome although it may be approached in various ways. In the poem Frost speaks of destruction and how it can be encountered differently yet still give the same effect in the end. “I think I know enough of hate to say that for destruction ice is also great and would suffice” (Arp. 789). Frost speaks of fire and ice in his poem but in reality he is making a reference to desire and hate. Fire being desire. Ice being hate. He compares fire and ice speaking on how