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In his poem Fire and Ice Robert Frost considers the destruction of the world and compares two ways by which it could be accomplished through fire or through ice Desire and hate are believed to be the forces that may allow the worlds end as they are contributing factors to war Fire can be interpreted as a metaphor for war and desire and Ice being a result of the war and linked with hate War is thought of as being the power provoking the worlds destruction Desire can mean many things it could be viewed positively in a sense of wishing for something and passion or negatively as the hunger for something can lead to greed In this poem desire is directly related to greed When discussing the destruction of the world the meaning of desire could be interpreted only to a negative degree History has proven that one of the determinants of a war is the desire for power and control Many wars have been fought over the control of land and resources while others were because of a desire to be the most powerful nation The lines From what Ive tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire l 3-4 refer to the idea that desire is connected with war The persona uses past tense saying Ive tasted meaning he has experienced desire before As Frost lived through both World Wars he has witnessed first hand the link between desire and war which leads to believe he may be the speaker in the poem And as previously mentioned fire is a direct comparison to war so when saying he agrees with the idea of fire being the means in which the world ends Frost is saying that because of desire the world will end in war Hate is a powerful word and is a force so strong it can overcome all other emotions leading to many possible horrors Hate has been
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