Fire and Ice | Robert Frost | Poem – 2 | Class X | English | CBSE |


Fire and Ice | Robert Frost | Poem – 2 | Class X | English | CBSE |



This poem revolves around desires, hatred especially peace which can be easily maintained on this earth with love, care, understanding and sympathy if one wants. According to the poet, both Fire and Ice can lead to the end of this world.

In this poem, Robert Frost initially analyses about the end of the world. He is absolutely sure about the reasons of this end. According to him, either fire or cold will be responsible for the end of this world. He describes fire as excessive desire of something and cold as hatred and feeling of indifference towards one another. Having much fire (Passion and desire) can lead to destruction of a relationship easily whereas having much coldness (Indifference and Hatred) can also be equally devastating.

In totality, according to him both fire and ice are harmful for humans and can be destroying. As the saying goes “Excess of everything is bad.” Excessive passion and desire for something or somebody can be harmful and on the other hand, hatred for one can also ruin one’s life.

Poetic Devices

  1. Rhyme Scheme : abaa bcbcb
  2. Alliteration: Some say the world will end in fire. Some say the world will end in Ice
  3. Paradox : But it had to perish twice
  4. Symbolism : Fire, symbol of desire whereas Ice, symbol of hate


Important Questions

Link of Other Chapters

First Flight, Class X, Chapter-wise Notes

1.       A Letter to God

2.      Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

3.      Two Stories about Flying

4.      From the Diary of Anne Frank

5.      The Hundred Dresses I

6.      The Hundred Dresses II

7.      Glimpses of India

8.      Mijbil the Otter (Deleted)

9.      Madam Rides the Bus

10.   The Sermon at Benares

11.   The Proposal


Footprints Without Feet, Class X, Chapter-wise Notes

1.      A Triumph of Surgery

2.      The Thief’s Story

3.      The Midnight Visitor (Deleted)

4.      A Question of Trust (Deleted)

5.      Footprints Without Feet

6.      The Making of a Scientist

7.      The Necklace

8.      The Hack Driver

9.      Bholi

10.   The Book That Saved the Earth (Deleted)


Class X, Writing Section, English Core

1.      Formal Letters

2.      Formats 

3.      Articles

4.      Reports

5.      Poetic Devices

Vocabulary/Grammar for Competitive Exams

1.      Vocabulary 1

2.      Vocabulary 2

3.      Grammar 


Class X, Poetry, English

1.      Dust of Snow

2.      Fire and Ice

3.      A Tiger in the Zoo

4.      How to Tell Wild Animals (Deleted)

5.      The Ball Poem

6.      Amanda

7.      Animals

8.      The Trees (Deleted)

9.      Fog (Deleted)

10.   The Tale of Custard the Dragon

11.  For Anne Gregory (Deleted)

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