6Fire and Ice - By Robert Frost 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. - By Robert Frost
7MeaningThere are two ways that the world could end: Fire (desire) and ice (hate). The narrator thinks that it will probably be fire/desire - which can also include lust, greed, ambition, etc - based on his experience. But he also realizes that hate (ice) is very powerful, and could just as easily destroy the world.
8Rhyme scheme Meter A B A A B C B C B Lines 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 in iambic tetrameter Lines 2, 8, 9 in iambic dimeterSome SAY | the WORLD | will END | in FIRE Some SAY | in ICE.
9Tone: Theme: Symbolism: Down, depressing, sad Both hate and desire can be destructive forcesSymbolism:“Fire” symbol of human desire“Ice” symbol of human hate ”The world” symbol of a relationship
10Literary Devices Allusions Paradox Metaphor Imagery “Some say the world will end in fire…”“…some say in ice.”Paradox“But if I had to perish twice”Metaphor“Fire”“Ice”Imagery“Some say the world will end in fire, / Some say in ice”