Fire, Ice, Passion And Indifference – Robert Frost Was A Master Poet

by Sherry Riter in Love,Rockin' Friend,Woo Us To Your Blog

My favorite author is an American poet who died the same month and year that I was born. He was honored frequently during his lifetime and even received four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry. I even love his name because it makes me think of the cold winter months and the hope of snow.

Who is it?

It is none other than Robert Frost.

Fire 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.

This poem brings to mind the question that continues to be discussed just as it was in times of old. Will the world end in fire or ice? With a very crisp and short discussion, the speaker in the poem decides that either one will do the trick.

However this poem also speaks of love’s desire compared to hate. So if you think of the poem as the “world” being a “relationship” then it puts a little different meaning on it.

A relationship based on “fire” or “passion” without a foundation of love can quickly become consumed/end when the “thrill” is gone. The end result is the same for a bond that is cold as “ice” and filled with indifference or “hate”. Obviously, having a successful relationship requires a balance of emotions and actions.

So take a quick reassessment: Do you have your “love” on “ice” too often?

Rockin' Friends Spotlight of the Week

Now, the time we have all been anxiously awaiting…This is the weekly post where I spotlight my Rockin’ Friends who are the Top Nine active participants and loyal followers in my community where you will find THE BEST people in the world! If you want to be mentioned here next week, then all it takes is to come in and start chatting with everyone in my community.

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With a big, heartfelt thank you for their participation and friendship, here are the Rockin’ Friends this week in order of most participation.

I’m so glad that I’ve been able to become friends with these wonderful people who are so active in my community. I encourage you to add their blogs to your blogroll, but also come over and chat with us in my community.

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Until next week…Kiss your family, hug your friends and don’t forget to be the friend you would like to have around.


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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Stéfan February 27, 2012 at 4:23 am

Robert Frost is amazing. What a great poem you shared. But more importantly, your re-framing of the poem is ever-so thought provoking. Very well done.


2 Skip_D February 27, 2012 at 6:36 am

As always, your post evokes memories of pleasure & delight. Frost is one of my favorite American poets, & I love 'Fire & Ice' for its brevity & powerful imagery. I also love two others which I'm sure you must as well… especially the second one *wink* Here are excerpts:

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both

I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.


3 Making Our Life Matter February 27, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Congratulations to the Rockin' Bloggers!


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