Robert Frost

(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963 / San Francisco)

Fire And Ice - Poem by Robert Frost

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 think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

Form: Epigram


Comments about Fire And Ice by Robert Frost

  • Richard Wlodarski (7/26/2016 2:21:00 AM)

    As the ice melts
    From One Love
    All that remains
    Fire in the soul (Report) Reply

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  • Guy Wilkes (7/17/2016 9:55:00 AM)

    The poet thinks that the downfall of the wold will be desire, but hate is also more than strong enough to get the job done. (Report) Reply

  • Sathe Ashok (6/20/2016 7:47:00 AM)

    It will not be ice
    it will not be fire
    But it will be greed of man
    who is plundering nature and mother earth,
    In name of progress (Report) Reply

  • Angelique Benson (5/1/2016 1:26:00 AM)

    I love fire and ice by Robert Frost ;-) 💜 (Report) Reply

  • Brooke Proietti (4/11/2016 3:11:00 PM)

    I love fire and ice so much
    it reminds me of twilight (Report) Reply

  • Moira Cameron Moira Cameron (4/2/2016 10:06:00 PM)

    This is a delightful little poem. Quite enjoyable. (Report) Reply

  • Joe Chars (3/9/2016 11:39:00 AM)

    both burn. Just in slightly different ways (Report) Reply

  • Leloudia Migdali (2/9/2016 3:29:00 AM)

    Ice or fire...there is no difference. The result is the same. (Report) Reply

  • Aileen Figueroa Aileen Figueroa (1/29/2016 8:52:00 AM)

    This poem makes you think and wonder to the point that you find yourself thinking which would be best, Fire or Ice. This is one of those poem that will be around for ever. (Report) Reply

  • Brenna Franklin (1/11/2016 3:18:00 PM)

    To say i chose fire would be wrong, but with ice also has the same outcome. Death can come in many ways. But the end of the world is a different story. There are many ways it could happen so i guess if i had to chose, i would hold with those who favor fire. But ice is great and would suffice. :) (Report) Reply

  • Abderrahmane Dakir Abderrahmane Dakir (12/29/2015 8:45:00 AM)

    I like it so much. The fire would the most thing to end up all things. (Report) Reply

  • Alisha Castle Alisha Castle (12/24/2015 1:52:00 PM)

    An excellent poem......... (Report) Reply

  • Hardik Garg (15 Yrs) Hardik Garg (15 Yrs) (12/14/2015 5:38:00 AM)

    very nice poem. always love to read it. (Report) Reply

  • John Lee (12/13/2015 12:27:00 AM)

    This story is about the world being destroyed. People say that either fire or ice could end the world. More people said that the fire will end the world, while less people said that they think the world will end by ice. Even both fire and ice can create huge damage, the narrator thinks that the fire would finish the world.

    The title Fire and Ice says that the world will end, either by fire or ice, or maybe even both. The author agrees and thinks that fire would destroy the world. Robert Frost had a discussion with a Harvard astronomer, Harlow Shapley, about how the world would end, either by incineration or a permanent ice age.

    There is a rhyme scheme in this poem. The first set is fire, desire, and fire. The first set is all about fire because desire is what the narrator has about the fire. The second set is ice, twice, ice, and suffice. The second set is about ice because twice is when the ice destroys the world and suffice is to show how destructive ice will be. The last set is hate and great. The last set represents expressions because the author shows hate to ice and the destructiveness is great for the ice.

    Some people said that the fire will end the world while some people said ice will. From what the narrator experienced and saw, he thought that the fire would end the world. If there was a second chance for the world to end, the ice would also be able to destroy the world with a damage that is equivalent to fire.

    The author is trying to say that the world will end in fire, or be incinerated. From the link here(http: //www.english.illinois.edu/MAPS/poets/a_f/frost/fireice.htm) you can see how Robert Frost got inspired to write this poem after having a conversation with a Harvard astronomer. (Report) Reply

    John Lee (12/15/2015 1:24:00 AM)

    This is an essay I wrote about this meaningful poem by my favorite poet, Robert Frost.

  • Anna L (12/10/2015 2:45:00 PM)

    What a vivid and lovely poem, I recently have got into the reading of poems and I thought I would read some from Robert Frost. This is the first one I have read from him and I like it very much indeed. It has such meaning and life to it. (Report) Reply

  • Alem Hailu G/kristos Alem Hailu G/kristos (12/8/2015 2:42:00 AM)

    Yes me too I see no difference what a nice poem. (Report) Reply

  • Bharati Nayak Bharati Nayak (12/3/2015 2:19:00 AM)

    Either fire or ice may cause the destruction of world.But the poet thinks that there is eough of hate in this world that can desroy the world twice.He is referring to destructive nature of hatred that was prevalent in the society. (Report) Reply

  • Emily Lindseth (12/2/2015 8:39:00 PM)

    This is the poem in Twilight 😍 (Report) Reply

  • John Petree (11/29/2015 12:23:00 AM)

    This is a sincere theory on how the world will end, maybe how a lot of things end... there's so much meaning in this poem. One of my favorites. I once written a speech for the Academic Decathalon in high school on this poem (Report) Reply

  • Shah Surja Shah Surja (11/25/2015 1:33:00 PM)

    'I think I know enough of hate
    To say that for destruction ice
    Is also great
    And would suffice.'

    Beautiful poem (y) (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Monday, August 18, 2014


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