Fire and Ice
by Robert Frost
"Fire and Ice" is one of Robert Frost's most popular poems, published in December 1920 in Harper's Magazine and in 1923 in his Pulitzer-prize winning book New Hampshire. It discusses the end of the world, likening the elemental force of fire with the emotion of desire, and ice with hate. It is one of Frost's best-known and most anthologized poems.
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If only all poets would follow the K.I.S.S principle. Just kidding, I actually wish this poem was longer. I like the claim that this poem may have been inspired by Dante's Inferno, with the nine lines of the poem corresponding to the nine rings of hell. Very cool.
Flinty, moody, plainspoken and deep, Robert Frost was one of America's most popular 20th-century poets. Frost was farming in Derry, New Hampshire when, at the age of 38, he sold the farm, uprooted his family and moved to England, where he devoted himself to his poetry. His first two books of verse, A Boy's Will (1913) and North of Boston (1914), were immediate successes. In 1915 he returned to the...moreMore about Robert Frost...