Fire and Ice poem by Robert Frost

Fire and Ice poem by Robert Frost
Robert Frost

Fire and Ice is one of Robert Frost’s most popular poems, published in December 1920 in Harper’s Magazine and in his book New Hampshire. It discusses the end of the world, likening the elemental force of fire with the emotion of desire, and ice with hate. It is one of Frost’s best-known and most anthologized poems.

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.


  1. Have to say, that’s one of my favorites. I don’t read a lot of poetry, but Frost is a keeper. Him and that Lord Byron. Man, that kid had some knowledge.


  2. One of my favourite poems! Reading it here again got me fired up for work. Thanks for the inspiration!


  3. Anyone with thoughts upon a poem: The French of Madame De La Mothe Guion, “The Nativity,” Translations from Willaim Cowper?


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