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Fire And Ice: Robert Frost

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Lior Flint

on 23 October 2014

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Transcript of Fire And Ice: Robert Frost

Title: Fire represents heat, or burning
Ice represents coldness
- tasted and desire
- fire and ice
-hold = agree
- symbolism
- Destruction
-play on the contrast of fire and ice
- shift in line 5
- the power of human emotions
Some say
the world will end in
Some say
From what I’ve
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.
Fire and Ice
We believe the tone is
We believe the theme statement is:
The imbalance of emotions can lead to destruction if not restrained.
By Lior Flint and Claire Park
We believe that the diction is SIMPLE but SYMBOLIC
Fire And Ice: Robert Frost
Simple Diction:
- the language used in the poem is very simple and straight forward to support the theme.
Symbolism: The use of the words fire and ice
Fire: Desire, Love
Ice: Hatred
The world: could be a symbol for relationships between people/things
- Fire can have both negative and positive connotations
Negative: Burning, Destruction
Positive: Heat, Warmth
- Repetition: the use of "some say"
Shift from Some to I: makes the piece more specific to the authors perspective

Concrete Detail #1
" 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"
Concrete Detail #2
Concrete Detail #3
Literal paraphrase of the poem
- There is debate between the earth will end from burning or freezing over, but from what the narrator has experienced, he thinks it will be from burning. If the world were to end all over again, the narrator states that the earth freezing over is another way to lead to the earths end.
Concrete Detail #4
"I think I know enough of hate"
Concrete Detail #5
"To say that for destruction ice/
Is also great"
Concrete Detail #6
"And would suffice"
-two colors represent hate and love
-balance required between the two dominant human emotions, love and hate
- The symbolic diction of the poem plays upon the ideas that love and hatred will inevitably destroy us.
- This is ironic because the two most dominant human emotions that impact our lives the most are the most dangerous.
- the use of the word suffice to refer to the worlds ending is ironic, because the end of the world shouldn't be sufficient, yet tragic.
A very accepting, calm adjective to describe the end of something. (The world, a relationship...)
- the simple diction creates an accepting tone
Thesis Statement
In Robert Frost's poem "Fire and Ice", the simple yet symbolic diction creates an ironic and accepting tone, supporting the theme that if not restrained, the imbalance of emotions will eventually lead to destruction.
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