Fire and Ice


Fire and Ice 

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.

Robert Frost (1874-1963)

(first published December 1920, Harper’s Magazine & then again in Frost’s book of poems “New Hampshire,”1923)


2 thoughts on “Fire and Ice

  1. One of my favorites. So much in just a few words.

    • I agree. I’m actually not all that familiar with Robert Frost and stumbled upon this poem unaware. Its brevity is compelling and the juxtaposition of the two forces of nature adds to its power (also it feels somehow fitting at this time given the rough winter the northern U.S. has had this year…)

      Thanks, too, for stopping by my blog ~

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