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sarangij | College Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

Posted September 16, 2008 at 9:51 AM via web

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What is the main theme of Robert Frost's 'Fire and Ice'?

What is the main theme of Robert Frost's 'Fire and Ice'?

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timbrady | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted September 16, 2008 at 10:03 AM (Answer #2)

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You can probably read this poem on many levels.  One of them might be as a comment on relationships gone bad, or which could go bad.  The "fire" option may represent the passions --- greed, anger, lust, yelling, confrontation --- you get the idea.  Any of these can destroy a relationship (or a world).  On the other hand, the "ice" --- chill in relationship, ignoring the other, not communicating, perhaps even hatred --- these would do just as well in destroying a relationship (or a world).

What is not said, but suggested, is that there must be a middle that can prevent either of these from happening, either the first time or the next.  It's interesting to see how this poems works not so much by what it says, but by what it doesn't say.

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted April 23, 2010 at 11:34 AM (Answer #3)

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It would be very easy to prove that the main theme of the Robert Frost poem, "Fire and Ice," is the destructive nature of emotions run amok. Hate or love--if not controlled can consume us.

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