Remember back in college when it was your job to read great works of literature? (Or maybe you are still in college, in which case you should probably know that Ramen Noodles aren’t actually a meal. Just FYI. ) You HAD to sit, read, think and discuss what you thought about a specific work. Those were the days and I miss them. Inspired by autumn, which always reminds me of school for some reason, I am trying to bring it back. Making time to read poems, classics and other things that wouldn’t normally make their way into my day.
It’s amazing how powerful a little poem can be. They aren’t filling me in on current events, giving tips on how to manage my time or advertising anything. They speak to basic human conditions. Love, war, death, nature, fear, joy, hope, family, courage…It’s nice to stop and think about the basics sometimes. So, I thought I’d share one of my favorites with you guys:
Fire & 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 that favor fire.
But if I had to parish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
I’m sure you are each thinking this means a variety of different things. To me, this poem makes me think about the destructive nature of uncontrolled passion & hatred both. Each contains a deadly potential all its own.
Have any thoughts on it or favorite works of your own? Feel free to leave them in the comments. Those who do so in iambic pentameter get bonus points.
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