Frosty Reflections

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.

Thus wrote Robert Frost in his beautifully succinct poem, Fire and Ice, first published in 1920 – his style so crisp, so measured, and elegant. And yet, even though not one syllable is either wasted or superfluous, it is equally true that not a single word is lacking. Frost is able to convey in a mere fifty-one words, something of the complexity of humanity and our impact upon the earth. When an origin story for this poem is offered, one of two is generally put forward. Continue reading “Frosty Reflections”