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Fire and Ice
by Robert Frost
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Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've 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.



Interpretation
The poem Fire and Ice is synecdoche. A synecdoche is defined as mentioning a part of something when referring to the whole thing. In this poem symbolism plays a huge role. Frost talks about the end of the world. He says that some people believe the world is going to end in fire. The fire representing desire in a way that it always wants to grow, always wanting to burn more, and is constantly changing. The ice represents all of the cold hatred in the world. At first Frost says that he believes that it will be the fire or the "desire" that will be the end of the world because of his experience with desire. Then he reconsiders when he thinks of all of the hate in the world. The poem uses acts of nature to describe acts of humans. It is possible that all of the hate and desire in the world could be said to have come from human nature itself. Are our personalities as destructive as natural forces like fire and ice?