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Fire and Ice Summary Line By Line Analysis and Explanation in English
About the Poet
Robert Frost (1874-1963) was an American poet. His work was initially published in England before it was published in the United States. Known for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American. He became one of the United States rare “public literary figures, almost an artistic institution.”
|Poet Name||Robert Frost|
|Born||26 March 1874, San Francisco, California, United States|
|Died||29 January 1963, Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
|Poems||The Road Not Taken, The Gift Outright, Nothing Gold Can Stay|
|Awards||Robert Frost Medal, Pulitzer Prize for Poetry|
Summary of Fire and Ice By Robert Frost
The poem ‘Fire and Ice’ is composed by Robert Frost. The poet talks about the two different beliefs regarding the end of this world. He says that he is in the favor of those who say this world will end in fire as he has seen the effect and result of uncontrolled and unbending desires.
He finds the human desires the same as a fire in its nature. On the other hand, the second belief tells that ice is sufficient for destroying this world and the poet compares the nature of ice with hatred.
As ice can make a part of body numb with its prolonged contact like hatred can also give numbness to our mind and thoughts and make us insensitive and cruel.
The poem has been written symbolically. The poet says that there are mainly two opinions about the end of this world. One by fire and another by ice. The symbols ‘Fire’ and ‘Ice’ have been used for human emotions like desire and hatred respectively.
As fire can spread very fast and cause great destruction in no time likewise our desires may also prove very destructive if they go out of control. Hatred causes slow destruction like ice but it is also very harmful.