"Fire and Ice" by Robert Frost

Jessica Martinez


This poem describes a relationship based off a person's point of view. It explains how conflict can ruin relationships, as well as hatred. These two elements cause the same level of destruction.


1.The world represents relationship because the world signifies humans and their lives.

2.Fire symbolizes conflict because once people get engaged with their opinions they don't rationalize with others and fix dilemmas.

3. Ice denotes hatred because society can be cold, and this could lead to disputes.

Metaphoric Comparison

The poem "Fire and Ice" has many symbols hidden beneath its traditional writing. "Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice" are lines 1 and 2 from the poem. These lines mean that human nature will perish due to conflict and others will in hatred. Lines 3 and 4, "from what I've tasted of desire, I hold those in favor of fire" symbolizes that from what people have experienced they believe passion is the greatest danger which is ignited by desire. Desire is the selfishness within people to only care about themselves and their knowledge. Lines 5 to 9, " But if I had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate to say that for destruction ice is also great and would suffice," explains that both fire and ice can cause the same damage as one another.