Poem Analysis of Fire and Ice by Robert Frost

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Most people know the poem “Fire and Ice” by Robert Frost. It is pretty famous. But do most people know the meaning of this unique poem? What does Robert Frost mean when he writes “if the world had to perish twice?” Although it is short, “Fire and Ice” is a puzzling poem filled with words that hold a meaning that we have to unlock.
In the poem, Frost is the narrator and he is speaking to the readers. The issue that Frost discusses is if the world will end in a blazing fire or in freezing ice. Based on the poem, Frost believes he would perish by fire because in verses 3 and 4 he wrote: From what I've tasted of desire, I hold with those who favor fire. But in verses 5, 6, 7, and 8 Frost wrote: But if it had to perish twice, I think I know
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By using the word “some” instead of “I” or referring to one individual, Frost believes that the difference between the two elements, fire and ice, is a universal truth, not just one idea made by one person. Frost believes that desire can destroy our world first but when he says “But if it had to perish twice, I think I know enough hate to say that for destruction, ice is also great,” he means that after considering his experience with hate, he thinks it is equally destructive.
The poem “Fire and Ice” shows just how human nature can destroy our world. If we continue to steal to fulfill our desires, we can burn down our world with the fiery desire roaring in our heart. But after considering it again, hate can ruin our world because humans have a small heart that only knows the ice language of hate. This poem considers the human actions, desire and hate, and how it can destroy our