Robert Frost’s Fire and Ice Essays

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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
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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.

Frost’s ‘Fire and Ice’ is written in nine lines. He ends this poem in iambic dimeter when the general pattern is of iambic tetrameter (Serio par. 1). The word lyric ‘I’ is somewhat forced onto readers and leaves an autobiographical point. Many critics think that through these two ideas, Frost was modeling his poem after Dante’s Inferno (Serio par.
6). The structure and the
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