Essay“Fire and Ice” by Robert Frost

843 Words Jun 1st, 2012 4 Pages
If you had a choice on how the world should end, what would you decide? Would your choice be to go painfully but fast or slow and painless? That’s what I believe Robert Frost’s poem “Fire and Ice” is meant to express. Although the poem is short, it holds a very interesting question to think about. What way would you prefer the world to end? There are two choices. In his poem “Fire and Ice”, Robert Frost compares and contrasts the two destructive forces: fire and ice. In the first two lines of the poem he presents two options for the end of the world, “Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice”. I feel that he uses the term fire, not to hold the direct meaning of a burning flame, but to represent the punishment something can …show more content…
In the negative sense, the word desire can mean the drive to win or receive something at any cost, which is very destructive. But in the end of the poem, Frost implies that no matter which one he chooses, they are both going to give him the same result, death. You have two basic words that can be compared and contrasted in multiple ways. Frost did this poem very simple because he wanted his words to expand the minds of readers and give some educated thoughts to this old question. The simplicity is what makes the poem so hard to interpret. Fire and ice are the complete opposite of each other in the literal sense. They can never exist together. You cannot have fire and ice (water) existing at the same time without an added component such as oil. The words apart can be destructive, but putting them together makes them lethal. In my opinion, this tells me that you would have to choose the lesser of evil ways. The two-element fire and ice are in a never-ending conflict with each other. These are just some points that I feel strongly about. This is a very simple yet complex poem.

I think that in this nine-line poem, Robert Frost also discusses the topic of Armageddon. This is one of Robert Frost simplest poems. I enjoyed this poem because when I initially read it, the first thing that came to my mind was the biblical theory. In the second line, “Some say in ice”, furthered my speculation. In the bible, it is told that God destroyed earth with water the first time

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