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Interpretative Analysis of Robert Frost's "Fire and Ice"

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I need help interpreting the following poem, in light of Jewish history

Poem: 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 favor fire.
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."

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It is known that this poem discusses ideas about the "end of the world." Although most interpretations relate this poem to a passage from Dante's "Inferno" which describes eternal torment of sinners in a lake of fire and ice. Others see inspiration in a conversation Frost had with the famous astronomer Harlow Shapley. Apparently, Frost asked him how the world would come to an end, to which Shapley responded either by an exploding sun or a ...

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Leonard, S., & McClure, M. (2004). Myth & knowing: An introduction to world mythology. New York: McGraw-Hill.

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