Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Week 2 Post 1

Fire and Ice - Robert Frost
Harper's Magazine, December 1920

SOME say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I thnk I know enough of hate
To know that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

This poem by Robert Frost gives a perspective on the destruction of the world. The first word in the poem is completely capitalized and it draws attention to the poem. The speaker in the poem is speculating on how the world will end. He states that some people go with destruction by fire while others say destruction by ice. The two terms can be taken literally or not. Literally the world can be burned by fire like with meteors or volcanic lava. Destruction by ice can literally be taken as an ice age where everything freezes over. Continuing with the poem the deeper meaning of ice and fire are described. The speaker first agrees with the people who say the world would end in fire because he has "tasted" desire. The speaker feels that with all the desire and want in the world there is so much passion that it would put the world on fire. Desire is usually associated with fire or heat. The he adds that if the world would to “perish twice” then he can see how ice would satisfy. Hate correlates to ice or cold, and the speaker feels that he knows how hate manipulates the world so that ending by ice would also be a valid answer.

This poem is short and condensed. The speaker conveys his ideas all in the short poem about his view on the fate of the world. Because of the desire and the hate the world is doomed either way. There is no preference by the speaker on how he would like the world to end and because of that it intensifies how the world will end in a negative manner because of the negative vibes its getting. The speaker does not just mean the world as the in the earth itself but humanity as well.


Blogger Michael Overton said...

I like this poem as well and I agree with you in the fact that the world will perish one day. You tied in literal meanings to the words fire and ice as well as your own abstract views which was neat. I think that if i had to choose i would choose ice. Literally because I don't like the heat much. Also though because i think the world ending in fire is more harsh fire to me is hate, and ice to me represents apaty towards others.

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