“Fire and Ice” and why I love it

Fire and Ice by Robert Frost

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.

You can find the poem at The Poetry Foundation

Robert Frost is one of my favorite poets. I stumbled upon this poem in a Valentine’s Day edition of my high school’s literary magazine. Maybe it was the hot pink pages and the red cover. Maybe it was the fact that I seemed to have found the only copy. I don’t know for sure, but I carried that magazine around for days.

“Fire and Ice” especially struck me, possibly because it was so powerful while sounding so simple with its rhymed lines. By the end of the week I had committed this poem to memory. Years later I still often find myself reciting it to myself.