i feel that this poem has a great message.
it tells us of where our world is going when it comes to social relations. i feel that frost is highlighting that either there's going to be really big harsh open hate among people or jealousy that will end thew world when he talks about fire.
and when talking about ice, he probably means something like cold war, or humans having cold hearts, not mixing with others of their society and unaware of kith and kin.
whats more, hes probably not talking about actual physical end of the world, but the end of good in here with the end of our social relations!
What nobody EVER gets about this masterpiece is that it is completely and fully sarcastic. it is a tongue and cheek play on the idea of 'judgment day'. Yes Frost was a devout Christian, and had a conventional and structured writing style, however he in no was old-fashioned or unoriginal.
I remember reading this poem in middle school. Its excellent, though short. Some great conjecture here. I am from the town over from Lawrence, MA where Frost is from. But my favorite has always been Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.
I agree with the notion that fire represents the means of punishment for all those nice elements that drive our ego. I believe the message here is that he agrees that we will all be punished for our sins as outlined by Dante's Inferno. Let us admit to the fact that society lacks a superego as a whole-we are all driven by our own desires. Frost also makes it clear that freezing to death would be I much better way to die- which I am in agreeance with. Death by hyporthermia in which your heart slowly stops beating is much more desirable that incineration!
I think frost is commenting on both the power of human nature and the elements. Fire and ice is used literally and metaphorically.Metaphorically speaking he uses fire to symbolise passion, desire, lust and ice to symbolise hate, destruction and indifference.Both these emotions have the capacity to cause the downfall of the human race. On a more literal level he is musing over the capacity of the elements to wreak destruction on mankind.I think the question is; is he talking about the end of the world in a literal sense or is he eluding to the loss of hope. He had lost his wife i believe shortly before writing this poem.There is a melancholic thread that runs throughout and a sense of hopelessness. His final analysis is that in the end it matters not how it ends. Vey sad.
I love this poem not only because its written in the begining on my favorite book of all time(Eclipse) but because it has a lote of truth. I am 16 years old and am aspiring to be an author. This poem made me look into poetry acctually. Especially to know Stephanie Meyer loves the poem makes me automaticaly love it.
@Jesse Rudolph - You might as well say McDonald's is as biblical as this poem. Fresh hamburgers are hot and temporary, like God's fury. Old hamburgers are cold and have to be there for a while. Like the flood.
Quit seeing Jesus in your breakfast cereal kid. They're just cheerios.
This poem is not only poetic, and true. It is biblical, and also scientific. When god used fire in the bible. Like sodom and gamora, it was out of brief anger. It burned, but in its wake, there was more. Everytime god used water (since he never used ice really) , it made PERMANENT change. It was long plotted, and its outcome was drastic. Fire burns, but in its wake is fertility and new beginnings. When Ice or water cause destruction, it takes a long time for progress to take new root in the aftermath.
There of course is also an emotional side to frosts comparision of fire and ice. Fire... like anger, or lust, or any sort of heightened emotion causes damage where there was no fire before. Fire is impetuous and selfish, but it is still motivated by love and desire. Ice, on the otherhand, is a motivated LACK of those things, and it doesn't really require change, just a sesation. Ice wants to halt progress, and emotion, and therefore by frost's comparison, and plain old common sense, it is the atithesis of good, and progress. It doesn't just want to alter the world, it wants to stop it from turning.