8Bit Bob's informal study of poetry #1: Robert Forst's Fire and Ice
Hello guys! I've decided I want to try and improve my poetry by attempting to study other people's poems. This won't be a super formal or in depth study, as I said this is mainly just to improve my own poetry. I also don't know how often I'll be doing these, but I plan on doing some more in the future.
Today, I'll be doing Robert Frost's Fire and Ice
(You can read Fire and Ice here: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44263/fire-and-ice)
In this poem the speaker is talking of how he thinks the world will end. It takes a bit of a conversational and matter-of-fact tone as the speaker lets us know that he believes the world will end in fire. However, he also says that if the world "were to perish twice" (line 5) then ice would do the job just as well.
In this poem I think the speaker is actually using fire and ice to represent something more. In lines 3-4 he says "From what I’ve tasted of desire/I hold with those who favor fire." suggesting that he's representing desire with fire, and in lines 6-7 he says "I think I know enough of hate/To say that for destruction ice" suggesting that he's representing hate with ice. So, what I think he's actually saying is that the world will end by either desire or hate, not literally fire or ice.
That's the end of my study of Robert Frost's Fire and Ice. As I said, I hope to do more of these in the future and to improve my own poetry in the process. If you think there's something I missed or did wrong, just leave a comment and let me know.
Thanks for reading!
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