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Fire and Ice Robert Frost Some say the world will end in fire Some say in ice From what Ive tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire 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 Robert Frost contrasts fire and ice in such a way that the reader is left to believe he is speaking of emotions Desire when describing love is such an emotion that a person is left to crave the mere being and soul of another person It is the sheer appetite to taste that other individual that makes the passion of desire so powerful Desire is easily compared to fire in the same way that a fire burns intensely and is easily ignited so is desire a distinction to the combustion of obsession Hatred the most intense emotion known to describe the extreme aversion felt by man for another being is compared to ice Ice is the powerful reaction that occurs at extreme temperatures and turns any liquid substance into a solid Both hatred and ice produce a result so extreme that the destruction of the world does not seem such a tragedy in their wake To distinguish desire and fire against hatred and ice show two extremes contrasted with two emotions Robert Frost easily takes hold of the reader and throws them into another place A place of intense emotion both scorn and obsession and the sensation of heat and cold Places were the force of destruction and the fruit of life can obliterate one another The poem breathes the essence of creation and devastation Frost a mastermind with words can take a simple feeling sentence and phrase and transform such an idea as to take the reader from the book to the fantasia in his mind Fire and ice displays
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