Thursday, November 12, 2020

The world and life in nine lines …

… Beyond the Lines: Frost's "Fire and Ice". (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

The poem encompasses the universe and the forces behind the world’s undoing and at the same time peers into the depths of the human soul. Indeed, it is a poem of stark contrasts: fire against ice, the cosmic against the personal, the theoretical against the real, desire against hate. Frost achieves a marvelous juxtaposition of many polar opposites and renders them inseparable, as both are essential to the poem’s central metaphor.

 This is  an outstanding example of graceful writing and sound explication.

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