It is not post-Miltonic or post-Swinburnian or post Kiplonian. But the poem argues that the human mind and intelligence is an equally dangerous weapon, one with the power to turn the earth — or at least the parts inhabited by humans — into a cold and uninhabitable wasteland. However, this does not take away from his poetic craft in any way. They create big pauses, as if the speaker is holding his breath to build anticipation. He aligns ice with hatred, and says that both are also adequate to cause the extinction of the human species. This rhyme scheme would be represented as abaabcbcb, which means that line 1 rhymes with lines 3 and 4; line 2 rhymes with lines 5, 7, and 9; and line 6 rhymes with line 8. Frost's papers are collected at the libraries of the University of Virginia, Amherst College, and Dartmouth College, and the Huntington Library in San Marino, California.
Despite this, it manages to be a powerful and thought-provoking work of art that has remained relevant and remembered decades after its original printing. The speaker then extends the equation to ice, which also is capable of creating an apocalypse by turning once-fertile land into a desolate and frozen landscape. Thematically, the turning point of the poem occurs in line 5, but, sonically based on the sound , it happens in the last two lines, when a single eight-syllable line is broken half in order to double up on the rhymes. It was this book that established Frost as a poet and introduced him to American audiences. Family Friend Poems has made every effort to respect copyright laws with respect to the poems posted here.
Fire is directly equated with desire, the kind that kindles antagonism and conflict. After his death in 1923, several major political scandals were revealed. He knows the common saying that all is fair in love and war, and so he knows that human beings can be consumed by both love and hatred. He does not need to elaborate, because the poem, through this manner of emotional ellipsis, becomes a poem not about endings but of continuations. The narrator first concludes that the world must end in fire after considering his personal experience with desire and passion, the emotions of fire. It is unclear which element will destroy the world, but it is significant to note that fire and ice are the only options.
It is only when the fire is uncontrolled that it grows and consumes all that is around it. Like ice shrieking across a red-hot griddle, his poetry does, indeed, ride on its own melting. Those in the ninth circle, the traitors to friends, family, and country, are frozen in ice, a most fitting punishment for their icy hearts. Fire and ice are, after all, the inextricable complementarities of one apocalyptic vision: that endlessly regenerative cycle of desire and self hatred that necessarily brings the productive poet to scourge his own voice as he mocks both the poetic vocation and the state to which poetry - and if poetry then all language - has come. Choose a fire god or fire-related ceremony from the mythology of any people or country and write a report explaining its importance to that society. The lyric birds and the weary speakers tell us the genuine Frostian wisdom of achieving a commonsensical accommodation with the fallen world, while inciting at another, and ineffable, level a profound disquiet. Fire is being used as a metaphor for strong, consuming emotions such as desire.
This is also true of desire. And Ice by definition means frozen water, a brittle, transparent crystalline solid. Disillusionment with all authority helped to fuel a rebellion among youth—not only in America but throughout the Western world—as the achieved fame for the self-indulgent pursuit of fun and entertainment. They created a reign of terror directed against blacks, Catholics, Jews, immigrants, and anyone who challenged their policies. However, as figurative representations of desire and hatred, fire and ice embody the very system of Aristotelian ethics Dante employs in arranging The Inferno: Sins of reason are worse than sins of passion. Frost equates fire with desire, a burning force that originates out of love and is equally destructive as ice, which he presents as similar to hate.
However, as figurative representations of desire and hatred, fire and ice embody the very system of Aristotelian ethics Dante employs in arranging the Inferno: Sins of reason are worse than sins of passion. A sense of dislocation and conflict was also mirrored in the arts and literature. Others may say that his style is the choice of words, known as diction. Nature and Its Meaning The symbolic use of nature was a technique that Frost applied throughout his career to reveal insights into both society and the human soul through such ordinary images as a patch of snow or a stone wall. New York: Henry Holt, 1923. Line 1 introduces fire, and line 2 its opposite, ice. Much later, and in what I think is a veiled tribute to Robert Frost, John Ciardi translates these lines as: I come to lead you to the other shore, into eternal dark, into fire and ice.
At the same time voters rejected the idealism of Wilson, the country became a battleground between the forces of repression and hedonism. I have really connected personally to this poem because we live in a world today where people are either uninviting or they will kick you when you are already down for amusement. The poem's 'Fire and Ice' and 'The Day They Came For Our House' by Robert Frost and Don Mattera respectively, perfectly convey the idea of the destructive nature of power, the poems are both concerned with Mortality of Age. At the same time that the law enforcement community was being undermined, grew as gangster elements sought to control the huge new market for bootleg liquor. I am grateful to Helice Koffler of the Fales Library for this information. Frost was eighty-seven at the time of the trip.
Here is the poem: Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. This poem implies that when dealing with the end of the world, it will end in one of two ways; in fire or in ice. Now only Wrigley Field in Chicago and Fenway Park in Boston remain. 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. It soon became clear, however, that the amendment created many more problems than it solved. Analysis of Robert Frost's Fire and Ice For Robert Frost, poetry and life were one and the same. This paradox is a challenge to the reader.