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Fire And Ice Figurative Language

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In the poem “Fire and Ice,” the speaker conveys the theme that desire and hate destroy love equally. The speaker uses symbolism, and diction to reveal this message to the reader. The speaker makes use up symbolism throughout the poem beginning with the title itself. Fire, in this poem, symbolizes the desires that love often brings (Lines 3-4). The denotation of desire is a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen. In this particular case, desire could be interpreted as the want for a love that is different from that which is already there. This desire can so easily turn into lust for someone (or something) else, and lust leads to destruction. The speaker knows that this can happen and tells the reader…show more content…
In line eight, the speaker uses the word great to describe the destructive power of ice, however in context great does not carry its normal connotation of something good, but one of power (Line 8). In line nine, the speaker chooses the word suffice (Line 9). This particular word choice is odd because it does not carry the same connotation that great did to elicit a powerful feeling that describes the destructiveness of ice. Suffice has a very restrained connotation instead of excess. The reader can infer that the speaker feels that although ice is just as powerful as fire in the fact that it could destroy the world, it is not quite as great as fire. The poem begins with the words “some say” (Line 1). These two words relay to the reader that this is a universal truth. The speaker gives two options of how the world could end and those are the only two ways the world could come to an end. Throughout the poem, the speaker weighs both to determine which is the most destructive of the two, similar to a scale, and considers both choices very carefully. The speaker is set on fire at first, but after more careful consideration decides that ice is just as capable as
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