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诗歌赏析:Robert Frost's Fire and Ice  

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 Fire and Ice by Robert Frost Study Guide
Analysis and Interpretation of the Meaning of Frost’s Poem

Robert Frost's short poem about the destruction of the earth reveals Frost's attitude through its symbolism and tone.

        The nine-line, rhyming poem “Fire and Ice” displays Frost’s often-used themes of doom and destruction, accompanied by imagery of nature. The destruction of the earth will occur by either fire or ice, the poem says, and Frost provides possible symbolic meaning for both of those elements.

Imagery of Fire and Ice in the First Two Lines
        The poem begins with: “Some say the world will end in fire, / Some say in ice” (Frost 737). This conjures up dark images of the earth either burning or freezing over. The theme of destruction is established early on here, Frost setting up two of the commonly-held beliefs of the way this will happen.

Symbolism of Fire in Lines Three and Four
        The fire image becomes symbolic in the third and fourth lines of the poem: “From what I’ve tasted of desire / I hold with those who favor fire” (Frost 737). Here, fire is associated with desire, a consuming, burning emotion. By pairing fire and desire, Frost suggests that desire can cause as much damage as fire can, and it may be one of the causes of the world’s end.

Some of the desires he is referring to are up for interpretation, but perhaps desire for power, money, or status could cause the downfall of people. Maybe have too many desires and not being content will lead to problems, as well. Likely, he means that these desires will lead to situations that humans cannot get out of, and they will bring upon the humans’ demise.

Symbolism of Ice in Lines Five - Nine

The rest of the poem describes the symbolism of ice: “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” (Frost 737). Ice is associated with hate, which, according to Frost, can be just as destructive as fire (or desire). Hate, certainly, can be a destructive force, and it seems to be suggested here that humans’ hate for one another can lead to the downfall of the earth.

What additionally catches many readers off guard about the ending lines of the poem is the tone created by Frost’s word choice, calling this destruction “great,” and saying that ice/hate “would suffice.” The tone Frost has in the poem is one of acceptance of the inevitability of this destruction, which he seems to suggest will occur due to either the desire or hate of humans.


Jan 4, 2010 Jeris Swanhorst

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