Frost’s Fire and Ice
The poem “Fire and Ice” by Robert Frost employs a greater use ofnatural pictures to affect the overall theme on how the earth ends.Frost uses fire and ice, which are forces of nature to depict strongvisual elements to the reader (1-2). For instance, fire gives thereader or the audience an image that appeal to their senses of sightand the senses of feelings. In essence, the fire elicits the sense oflight, heat, and certain brightness, but also reflects pain andburning. Similarly, Frost has "tasted" desire, “From whatI`ve tasted of desire/I hold with those who favor fire” (3-4). Ice,on the other hand, brings forth the feeling of cooling and soothingbut also reflects on burning out of frostbites, “to say that fordestruction ice” (7).
The imagery in the poem environs tactile feelings attributed to heatand cold. Frost, therefore, adapts fire and ice to embody desire andhatred respectively reflecting on their roles on the theme of endingthe world. The fire gives heat that can bring comfort but can alsoresult in pain and death. Similarly, the ice can produce coolinglinked to soothing feelings but can also bring destruction throughfrostbite or covering the whole earth. The two images denote thepossible ways in which the universe can end. Fire can destroy theworld’s forests and properties in short periods and ice can rip themountains apart covering the whole earth and bringing it to ultimatedestruction.
This poem uses fire and ice images to present two forces of naturethat can be useful and destructive at the same time if allowed to runout of control. As much as the poet cannot tell how the world ends,he acknowledges the possibilities of destruction by both heat andcold as symbolised by fire and ice.
Frost’s Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening
In the poem, “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening,” Frostmajorly uses the woods as the imageries of nature to symbolise peaceand serenity. In the first stanza, the woods signify the beauty oflife as it awakens the senses of quietness, which reflect the desiredlivelihood. The poet then attaches woods to the frozen lake as thesecond image of nature that implies the lack of flow and exhaustionof life, “Between the woods and frozen lake/ The darkest evening ofthe year” (7-8). Additionally, Frost uses the wind to appeal tothe readers’ sense of free-flow feeling or lack of control (12). Lastly, he says that the “woods are lovely, dark and deep” toevoke mystery that reflects on one last time moments of breath (13).
The pictures of woods along with frozen lake and wind are symbolreferences to exhaustion leading to death. Together they cover deepermeaning in conveying the overall poem’s theme that is death. Itbecomes apparent throughout the poem that the word “woods” asused in line 1, 4, 7, and 13 symbolizes the mystery and the beauty ofthe world and the way most people get busy to the extent of failingto appreciate it. Again, the poet appeals to several senses such asquietness, coolness and secrecy preparing the reader to notice themood of danger enclosed in the final breaths of life. These imagesfunction to reflect on the immense peace brought about by thenon-interference of the ambience provided by the woods, the lake andwind.
This poem adopts images of nature to symbolize the final call ofdeath replete with philosophical symbolism. The use woods, frozenlake and wind as images of nature collectively build an ambience ofeminent death at odds strong love spirits as presented by thetraveler. The woods image covers the idea of life and temptations.From a view, they seem mysteriously beautiful worth a stopover. Whilesome stop to enjoy the view or stay, some continue their journey.
Frost, Robert. "Fire and Ice." The Bedford Introductionto Literature: Reading, Thinking, Writing. Ed. Meyer, Michael.Boston: Bedford/St. Martin`s, 2002. 1106. Print.
Frost, Robert. "Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening."The Bedford Introduction to Literature: Reading, Thinking,Writing. Ed. Meyer, Michael. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin`s, 2002.1107. Print.