In Fire and Ice Robert Frost usesthe elements of fire and ice very symbolically. While he could be speakingliterally of the destruction of the world by fire or ice, I believe he using thetwo elements to describe the two types of people in this world. Fire, or “desire”, would be thetype of person filled with love, passion, and bliss. Robert Frost knows frompersonal experience, that these powerful emotions are strong enough to turn ourworld into a huge fireball of emotion, ultimately destroying humanity as weknow it. Then there is ice, also known asthe harsh emotion of hatred. While love may get all the praise, hatred isequally as lethal. It, too, has the power to destroy our world with its cold emotions.
Robert Frost could also be speakingof something like war, where these two emotions go against each other, andultimately end up destroying each other, and everything around them. Fire could additionally bedescribed as the animal side of our nature. The emotions associated with fireare instinctual for us. We don’t think, we just do. Therefore, in Robert frostsopinion, fire would win, and end up destroying earth.
The “ice” emotions are farmore complicated. They need deliberation and thought. In line 3Robert writes “From what I’ve tasted of desire” meaning he has definitelyexperienced the emotions that go along with fire. He seems much more hesitanton the subject of hatred or “ice” for example in line 4 he writes “I think I know enough of hate”. We don’t what hate he knows from this line. Has hemerely observed hate, has he been the victim, or has he been the one hating? When Ithink of hate, I think of rage, which is associated with the color red, likefire. So why doesn’t Robert frost portray hate as fire? Maybe he is speaking ofthe type of anger that lingers in your mind, beneath the surface of it all.
Eventuallythat anger is pressured to show its self in one way or another. Imagine a lakefrozen over, if you hit it hard enough it cracks and the water underneath itall shows itself.