“Fire and Ice” by Robert Lee Frost – Analysis and Poem

“Fire and Ice” is a popular poem among high school teachers. Its ability to create debate and discussion is like no other. Yet, it is actually quite easy to understand.


The poem begins by saying some people believe the earth will end in fire while others believe it will end in ice. Since the author has felt his own desire, he feels the world will end in fire. Yet, he states, if the world could end twice, he has known enough hate in this world that it could also end in ice.

Rhyme scheme: ABAABCBCB


The poem compares “fire” to desire and “ice” to hate. He states that human desire is a strong emotion, strong enough to end the world. He continues by stating hate in its many forms is also a great way to end the world.

Poem: “Fire and Ice” by Robert Lee 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.

Gary R. Hess

Gary was born and raised on a small farm in rural Kansas. Today, he is teaching various nationalities English in Southeast Asia. Get his newest poetry eBook here.

Leave a Reply