Robert Frost's Fire and Ice

In: English and Literature

Submitted By skinnerwalkerc
Words 687
Pages 3
Robert Frost’s “Fire and Ice” In 1923, prolific poet Robert Frost wrote the poem entitled, “Fire and Ice”, which was his way of deciphering which way the world would end and cease to exist. He pondered through two solutions: fire and ice, which are two extremes on a spectrum. Through many of Robert Frost’s works, he discusses the existence of life and man’s response to life and nature that surrounds it, which is no surprise that he would focus his attention to the demise of the world. Frost’s unique use of imagery in “Fire and Ice,” brings this short poem to life as he gives us, as readers, a look into his thoughts of the fate of the world. As you read the title of the poem, “Fire and Ice,” there are many conclusions one can come up with that they would think the poem is about. Frost’s use of imagery causes us, as readers, to be drawn in immediately. The first line of the poem tells us what Frost recalls others to say how the world will end, and then he continues to give his personal account. He begins by saying, “From what I’ve tasted of desire/I hold with those who favor fire” (4-5). These two lines seem to describe the intense passions and desires, which can consume us and cause us to be destroyed if they are unhealthy. Because of our extreme passions with desires, Frost agrees with those who believe they world will end in fire. Frost continues by discussing the viewpoints of those who believe the world will end ice. He states: But if it had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate To say that for destruction of ice Is also great And would suffice. (5-9)
In these five lines of…...

Similar Documents

Robert Frost and Sandra Cisneros

...ROBERT FROST Born on the day of March 26, 1874, in San Francisco, California, Robert Lee Frost was one of America’s most famous poets. Frost received four Pulitzer Prizes before he died in 1963. The first one in 1924 for New Hampshire: A Poem with Notes and Grace Notes, then in1931 for Collected Poems, in 1937 for A Further Range, and the last on in 1943 for A Witness Tree. Married to Elinor Miriam White, who was his co-valedictorian at high school, he lived in various locations throughout his life, in San Francisco, California for the first ten years of his life, then moved to New England where he lived most of his years; he also lived in Great Britain for three years where he met Edward, T. E. Hulme and Ezra Pound. Pound would become the first American to write a review of Frost's work; it was also in England that Frost wrote some of his best work. Robert Frost attended Dartmouth College, where he stayed for a little over a semester, and also Harvard University for two years. Robert Frost grew up in a state of turmoil. From his tumultuous childhood right up until his death, Frost was a character who could speak at Harvard and live on a farm in New Hampshire. He could dazzle the brightest students with poetic ingenious, but boil life down to, “It’s hard to get into this world and hard to get out of it. And what’s in between doesn’t make much sense. If that sounds pessimistic, let it stand”. Robert Frost’s poems “Mending Wall” and “The Road Not Taken” both exemplify the......

Words: 3370 - Pages: 14

Interpretation on Robert Frost’s the Road Not Taken

...Interpretation on Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken by Endah Wahyuni Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken seems to represent indecision. It tells us about a travelers who is standing in front of two different roads that basically look the same. He doesn’t know where each of the roads leads to, but he should make a choice whether he would take the first road or the other in order to move forward. Of course the roads here are just a symbol. It represents something much concrete in our reality: choices. In our life we are often meet with so much choices that could lead us to our future. The first stanza explains about a traveler in a yellow wood, stood in front of two diverged roads and he can only choose one road to be traveled. So he takes an intense look to the first road to know where it goes, but he can’t get a good look because the road is covered by undergrowth. What does it means? I think the yellow wood is a symbol. Since the road in the wood is yellow, we can picture this as autumn, when leaves change color. Thus, autumn could represent an old phase of someone’s life. If you’re in your late year which means an old person and you have two choices in front of you, it is rather difficult to choose between one of them. Much further, we will never know where are those choices would take us. It is indeed take a long time to make a decision. The traveler then take a look at the other road as well, described in the second stanza. He feels that this road look a......

Words: 703 - Pages: 3

Robert Frost

...Martin English/6th 5-22-13 Core Robert frost life in a nutshell Robert Frost, called by Robert Graves "the voice of America" is also the farmer Poet of America. He has appealed to readers worldwide with his impulsive utterances, clarity of diction, lyricism and the significance he imparted to man. Frost's poems exhibit a realistic approach-a conglomeration of the metaphysical and the symbolic. As Mark Van Doren asserts" Frost knows to say a great deal in a short space. Poems like "Mending Wall", "The Road Not Taken" , "Birches" .etc exemplify that a poem must begin in delight and end in wisdom. The very opening line of "Mending Wall" poses as a typical instance of Frost's inverted statements: "Something there is that doesn't love a wall." The poem which begins on a conversational mode proceeds to have deeper implications. At the superficial level, it appears to be a war of words between two neighbours. However it has other ramifications in that it alludes to any border, division or barrier in any walk of life. Frost also is a regional poet like Hardy, his Wessex being New England. The above said poem being regional, gives off universal evocations. Frost's social orientation is suggested by the fact that the poem was read out in 1961 as an indictment on the construction of the Berlin Wall .The tone is colloquial and has a easy manner at the surface. Nevertheless, there is an underlying satire and wry humour. Frost's poems are noted for their terse......

Words: 716 - Pages: 3

Explication of Robert Frost's the Road Not Taken

...Joseph Fickzit Explication of Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost (1874-1963) In the poem titled 'The Road Not Taken' by Robert Frost, Frost describes an old man reflecting on a choice he had once made. This is a narrative poem, comprising four stanzas of five lines. In the poem, the poet suggests that a decision can change your life as it has far-reaching, significant consequences. Frost tells us that choices are extremely important. At the beginning of the poem, the speaker regrets that at some point in his life he could not take two roads, and had to be limited to one road only. He tried his best to see what was ahead on one of the roads he could have taken, but there were limitations as the road turned and......

Words: 889 - Pages: 4

Poetic Devices and Practical Criticism on Robert Frost’s “Fire and Ice”

...Poetic Devices and Practical Criticism on Robert Frost’s “Fire and Ice” Poetic devices are the most important part of poetry writing. A good poet will always use poetic devices to make the reader involved in the lyrics of his/her poem. And when a poet does this, the reader starts feeling and thinking in the same manner as the poet thinks and feels. This is what Robert Frost does to a reader when he writes a poem. One of his all time favorite poem is Fire and Ice. Frost portrays a huge connotation to his readers through this poem (Kuiper 23). By means of poetic devices, he divulges what will eventually bring this world to an end. Frost provides the readers with two paths i.e. fire and ice which will eventually end to this world. Fire and Ice is a poem that itself does not need a lot of explanation regarding the meanings of phrases or words, owing to Frost’s focus on making the poem clear and comprehensible by all. In spite of the cleanness of the use of language, the poem brings with it very profound thematic thoughts. Basically, Frost is giving comments upon two of the shadowy characteristics of human beings: the capability to be consumed by envy and lust and the capability to hate (Mishra 103). From these two, he points the greater of two harms i.e. to desire. In putting desire to the leading position with respect to the world destruction, Frost is giving a strong statement in relation to jealousy and greed, saying that more than anything else, even hatred,...

Words: 2230 - Pages: 9

Theologies in a Song of Ice and Fire

...Theologies in A Song of Ice and Fire For my final paper, I will discuss a few of the religions in A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. I will describe and show how these fictional religions compare to factual ones. I will mainly focus on how it relates to Christianity and its various forms, but I will also include other religions in smaller detail. Before I dive right into the religions, I will give a brief description of A Song of Ice and Fire and why Martin, a lapsed Catholic and proclaimed atheist, decided to include such a large amount of religion in the series. The tale takes place in the fictional realms of Westeros, Essos, and Sothoryos. In these fictional realms, power and religion sits above all else. Westeros, also known as the Seven Kingdoms, is the main continent described in the series. The land of Westeros became a “melting pot” for religions after Aegon the Conqueror succeeded in capturing all of Westeros. Before this conquest, there were multiple kingdoms, all practicing their own religions. The unification of countries created much adversity as some religions faded away while others became universal. The series focuses on a set of main characters and how they rise and fall from power. Martin uses religion in the book to create a sense of realism. Due to how prominent of a role religion played in our medieval history, the inclusion of religion in the series adds depth and extra diversity. His reasoning for this is The Crusades. The Crusades......

Words: 1552 - Pages: 7

Fire and Ice

...This short poem outlines the familiar question about the fate of the world, wondering if it is more likely to be destroyed by fire or ice. People are on both sides of the debate, and Frost introduces the narrator to provide his personal take on the question of the end of the world. The narrator first concludes that the world must end in fire after considering his personal experience with desire and passion, the emotions of fire. Yet, after considering his experience with “ice,” or hatred, the narrator acknowledges that ice would be equally destructive. n the first two lines of the poem, Frost creates a clear dichotomy between fire and ice and the two groups of people that believe in each element. By using the term “some” instead of “I” or “an individual,” Frost asserts that the distinction between the two elements is a universal truth, not just an idea promoted by an individual. In addition to the unavoidable contradiction between fire and ice, these first lines also outline the claim that the world will end as a direct result of one of these elements. It is unclear which element will destroy the world, but it is significant to note that fire and ice are the only options. The poem does not allow for any other possibilities in terms of the world’s fate, just as there are not any other opinions allowed in the black-and-white debate between fire and ice. Interestingly, the two possibilities for the world’s destruction correspond directly to a common scientific debate during the...

Words: 467 - Pages: 2

Robert Frost Fire and Ice

...Name Professor Course Date Robert Frost’s Fire and Ice interpretation analysis and techniques Introduction Fire and Frost are a poem written by Robert Frost that brings distinction between two things that destroy the world (Little, 176). Simple language that portrays significant meaning of hatred and desire is evident in the poem. The poem says the world will end with fire and at the same time with ice. The narrator states that he has tested desire and stood with those who favor fire. However, when it comes to perishing for by two things; he only thinks of hate as the second option. That is the destruction by ice. He sees an ice as a great destruction just like fire. The poem ends by showing that both ice and fire destructs. Fire and ice are expression of authority anxiety to get identity (O’ Brien, 29). The poem displays two darkest traits of humanity that is; the capacity of hate as ice and capacity to be consumed by desire or lust as the fire (Little, 175). As to the desire, it demonstrates aspects such as greed and jealousy that destroys the world. Greed and jealousy are things that affect one’s emotion and mind to think clearly. Once the two aspects overwhelm one, he or she becomes restless. The two things are like fire that keep on burning in the mind and become difficult to be stop until a particular agenda is achieved; like murder. Jealousy and greed are the things that destroy the world in recent days. People kill each other because of jealousy of their fellow...

Words: 609 - Pages: 3

Robert Frost

...Robert Frost (1874-1963) was the leading modern American poet of nature and rural life. He found beauty and meaning in commonplace objects, such as a drooping birch tree and an old stone wall, and drew universal significance from the experiences of a farmer or a country boy. Most of his poems have a New England setting and deal with the theme of man's relationship to nature. The influence of nature in Robert Frost's works creates a palette to paint a picture filled with symbolism for the reader to interpret. In the analysis of Frost's The Road Not Taken, Tree At My Window, Two Trumps In The Mud Time and Stopping By The Woods On A Snowy Evening we can pick out specific examples to illustrate Frost's overall use of nature. In the first stanza of Robert Frost's Stopping by the Woods on A Snowy Evening we find the speaker reflecting on the beauty of a wooded area with snow falling. Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow. You can feel the speakers awe and reflective peace when looking into the woods that night. He doesn't know the owner of the land but is still drawn to the beauty of the scene. Nature poet Robert Frost gives a scene that is taken into the reader and digested for a time in the speaker's mind. It shows us that it is all right to take a minute out of a hurried hour and reflect upon what is around you, whether it is a snowy wood or a quite room....

Words: 2773 - Pages: 12

“for the Watch” - a Song of Ice and Fire Tv Adaptation Review

...with the Night's King still needs a resolution. So for angry fans still reeling from Jon's "death": don't lose hope just yet! Think about the show's overall mythology and if you're not convinced go back and watch episode 5 of season 3 where resurrections by the Lord of Light are discussed in detail. In summary, keep your eyes open: Jon might return and surprise us all. In Dorne, the storyline continued to be a snooze fest up until its conclusion. The writers messed this one up pretty bad. The finale was devoid of any shocking reveals or revelations regarding the Martells. There were two opportunities to drop some bombshells regarding the Martell’s true agenda. In particular, the two famous speeches from Doran Martell (“Vengeance. Justice. Fire and Blood”) and (“Viper in the grass”) were mysteriously dropped from the TV adaption. Their inclusion would’ve made TV viewers pumping their fists in excitement; instead, we got another poorly thought-out move from the Sand Snakes and their mother. Don’t they realize that by killing Myrcella they put Trystane, the crown prince of Dorne, in harm's way? Effectively, Trystane is now a hostage with Jaime Lannister on his way to King’s Landing. Also, why was Oberyn’s famous statement from last season (“we don't hurt little girls in Dorne”) thrown out of the window? Apparently, we don’t hurt little girls in Dorne, we just kill them a couple of miles offshore. Agh! My final disappointment in Dorne is how utterly under-utilized Alexander......

Words: 2243 - Pages: 9

Fire & Ice

...Fire and Ice Will the world ever come to an end? And if so, should it end in fire or in ice? These two core questions are raised while reading Robert Frost’s poem “Fire and Ice”. But just for a moment, if we were to take the physical world out of context and replace it with those who live in it, then maybe there is something more to it. Maybe the physical world will not end in such tragic ways, but perhaps society will. These two powerful elements, fire and ice, that are on complete opposite sides of the spectrum, somehow bring out a thought-provoking process about the deterioration of society. The two elements that Frost incorporates into his poem are very vital to its analysis. Fire can symbolize many things negatively as well as positively. The negative affiliations with fire include chaos, war, ruin, and destruction. Few years prior to the American Revolution, there was a chaotic clashing between American colonists and the British because of heavily imposed taxes, thus, portraying an unorganized and hostile society. Plenty of wars have occurred on this earth because of societies. Ruin and destruction also exemplify the notion of this idea. After the tragic 9/11 incident in the United States, many Americans developed such a hatred for the Muslim people (and vice versa) to the point where racism was deemed acceptable. The actions were responsible in the production of one society against another leaving practically no lee-way for peace. Although these......

Words: 1166 - Pages: 5

Frost's the Wood Pile

...With four pulitzer prize awards, Robert Frost, though criticised of being monothematic, has held a message that has stood the test of time. Much of his success is credited towards the blank verse style of writing, within which he addresses the basic compound and detriment of human nature, a particular poem entitled, ‘The Wood-Pile’, showcases these themes. A single story is often told by his assorted works; to consciously move away from modernized society in order to find something worth understanding. That what can be sought in nature, away from the roles or responsibilities infringed upon man while immersed in a modern society, are of more depth and personal importance than otherwise found. In ‘The Wood-Pile’, Frost uses visual imagery to explore the themes of nature, death, and limitations, showing that man is responsible for his own constraints. The concept of nature within ‘The Wood-Pile’ takes on a separate reality of the subject’s mind. The speaker is able to both influence and react to the nature within the frozen swamp and understand that nature is a separate yet equal force which is actively syncopated with humans. This concept is demonstrated in lines 32, 33, and 34, where Frost writes, “What held it though on one side was a tree / Still growing, and on one a stake and prop / These latter about to fall.” The visual imagery of the stake close to uselessness can be seen as a reflection of nature’s natural tendency to undo what man has impressed upon it.......

Words: 701 - Pages: 3

Fire and Ice

...Brett Hall Professor Armstrong English 113 M 17 November 2011 Fire and Ice Frost loaded an unbelievable amount of meaning into hos poem fire and ice. He brings up the highly debated topic of how the world is going to end. Two ways that he thinks the world will end is through fire and ice. Both fire and ice have deeper metaphorical meanings than just on the literal meaning of the poem. Fire can be used in the literal meaning of the word. In the second line of the poem Frost talks about how the world could end in fire. This topic is an extremely well researched thought and has a very real possibility of that happening. One way that this could happen is if another world war breaks out, a war that would be a war unlike any other that has ever been waged. We have technology now that is nothing compared to the types that we had in the first two world wars, now we have the power to destroy the world many times over. Fire could be a nuclear blast that would purge the land in a fiery explosion, covering what Frost is talking about in his poem about the world ending in fire. Also some scientists predict the end of the world would come from sun ether from a solar flare or from it expanding and engulfing the earth. This enlarging of the sun would it the description of the fiery destruction of the earth. Fire can also be passionate emotions like rage. The bible tells us to stay away from anger in psalms it says “Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret-it leads only...

Words: 1242 - Pages: 5

Comparative Essay on Robert Frost's Poetry

...Robert Frost, writing as the narrator in the poems “Birches” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” is comfortable in the countryside and portrays an enjoyment of nature on the surface. When these poems are examined more in depth the narrator becomes much more complex, showing that there is a deeper and darker undertone to the pleasant words and cadences of the poems. The narrator has experienced pain and sorrow during his life and finds that his suffering makes the contemplation of death both fascinating and tempting. Also, the narrator has considered the peacefulness of death but has decided to pursue life and the choices that one faces along the path of life. Initially the poems “Birches” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” show the narrator as a simple man of the countryside. “Birches” is set “too far from town to learn baseball” (25). This suggests a place far from town and set deep in the country. “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” is set in a remote woods, far from any homes. Each location in the settings of the poems is remote and far from city life. This suggests that the narrator is accustomed to the countryside and its way of life and that he most likely enjoys this type of life. The narrator also has an appreciation of nature. This is immediately evident in the fact that each poem is centered on nature and uses the themes of nature to establish the narrator’s points. Each poem involves an interaction with nature, such as a ride in the......

Words: 1042 - Pages: 5

Analysis of Robert Frost's Taken

...Poetry Essay ENGL 102: Literature and Composition Spring 2012 Student Name Student# WRITING STYLE USED MLA Student Name Professor English 102 22 April 2012 Analysis of Robert Frost's “The Road Not Taken” Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road not Taken” is a lyrical poem that describes the author’s thoughts when he comes to a fork in the road and the difficult decision of which path to take. It is a closed form poem with a rhyming scheme of “ABAAB” with 4 stanzas of 5 lines each. The fork in the road symbolizes decisions individuals make in life. With his used of mood, symbolism, setting, and imagery, Robert Frost describes the dilemma of decision making and how those decisions play a part in one’s future choices. The poem can be used to describe how an individual decides to follow Jesus Christ, the faith that it requires to do so, and the result of giving your life to Him. The poem begins with “Two Roads diverged in a yellow wood”, symbolizing the different choices individuals have in life. The author explains to the reader that the decision is weighed out carefully and not hastily. Even as the author talks of trying to look down the road as far as possible, there is no sure way of seeing what is at the end. This symbolization can also be used to describe the way people try to make difficult decisions. Even though they may try to intelligently predict the outcome, these tough choices rarely have the answer easily found and requires...

Words: 915 - Pages: 4

СКАЧАТЬ: / подробнее | Capítulo Anterior | Хеви-метал