What is the mood in the poem "Fire and Ice"?

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Let us remember that the mood of a text is something that is created based on a combination of the kind of words that are used, the theme of the text and other aspects such as devices. In this poem, in which fire and ice are compared with desire and hate respectively, the way in which the lines are short and the rhyme scheme is presented gives this poem are rather ironic and detached tone.

If we examine the way in which the words "ice" and "suffice" are rhymed together, and if we look at the penultimate line, which is very short and merely states that ice for destruction "Is also great," we can see that the mood of this poem is very clinical and almost objective as the speaker weighs up the various benefits of ice and fire. The exact rhyme of "ice" and "suffice" is something that we can see clinches the poem and ends it precisely, giving us the impression that the speaker has rather clinically chosen his words.

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