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Fire and Ice Fire and Ice

Some say the world will end in fire Some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire I hold with those who favour fire. a. Name the poem and the poet. b. What do you understand by fire? c. What is the poetic device used in the first line? d. What is the contradiction in the first two lines? e. How are ice and fire similar to each other though they have contradictory traits? f. Who does the poet agree with? g. Why does the poet use ‘some’ and not ‘I’? h. What is the rhyme scheme?
a. The poem is ‘Fire and Ice’ and the poet is Robert Frost. b. ‘Fire’ has symbolically been used in the poem to represent desire or passion. c. The poetic device used in the first line is alliteration. ‘Some say’ and ‘world will’ are the words where it has been used. d. The contradiction in the first two lines is whether the world will end by burning with fire or by freezing. e. even though fire and ice have contradictory trait they are both capable of destroying the world by either freezing or burning. f. The poet agrees with fire as he says it would be better if the world was to finish with passion of human beings rather than with coldness or hatred like that of ice. g. The poet uses ‘some’ to reflect a universal point of view and not a personal opinion of an individual. h. The rhyme scheme is abaa.
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. a. What does ‘it’ refer to in the first line? b. Explain ‘But if it had to perish twice.’ c. Find a word from the extract that means the same as ‘ruin’.
For Frost what do ‘fire’ and ‘ice’ stand for?
How has Frost brought out the contrasting ideas in the poem?
Write two different views about the end of the world.
How does Robert Frost caution the common?
Why does the poet hold with those who favour fire?
To say that for destruction ice is also great for the poet, what does ‘ice’ stand for? How is it sufficient to bring destruction?

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