Ideals and Values in Robert Frost’s ‘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 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

An Ideal is something that has completely satisfied your needs, in other words it is simply something suitable and perfect. A value could be describing the importance of something or it could also be describing a person’s principles and standard of behavior.

To burn or to freeze? Literally, that is the question posed by Robert Frost in his poem ‘ Fire and Ice.’ The poem shows a comparison of two contrary elements.Whether the Earth ends by fire or ice, the Earth would be destroyed and the outcome of death will occur. Desire has always been described as something happening rapidly or in the moment for example a flame erupting from a newly lit match. Frost uses the metaphor to describe his preferred way of ending all life on Earth. He states that he prefers burn to death which means that he would rather make it sudden and without remorse. Frost uses a metaphor to relate fire with desire however instead of connecting it to passion, he turns it into something horribly destructive. Ice, is being compared to the opposite of desire which is hatred and aversion.

At the end of the poem Frost states that the world’s destruction by hate would be the ideal way to end Earth if it had to end twice. Frost is basically talking about the values of life in this poem and how life should be destroyed whether by hatred or desire. This poem clearly should classified into ‘Ideals and Values’ due to the author’s use of comparison to determine which method would be the ideal way for the Earth to end.

Everything has disadvantages to it and Frost is stating that nothing can ever be ideal, but even if it’s not what you intended for you have to accept and welcome it in a positive way as he did in the last two lines of the poem. Frost also states that aside from all of the car’s faults he will always value it and cherish it. That is the reason why one should consider ‘ Ideals and Values.’