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 favour 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.
Brief Analysis of Fire and Ice. In this poem Frost (=Ice?) twists a long-running scientific debate ("Will our Sun eventually simply `run out of steam' leaving the earth to cool down to the absolute minimum, 273 degrees below celcius (= - 459 F)" OR "Will the earth's orbit slow down and will the earth crash into the sun?") into a very human question: How do human relationships evolve? In short his answer is that one should never compromise. Either one should love or one should hate. Anything else is a waste of time.
Frost prefers the passionate approach to life; take risks, live and love to the fullest; be absorbed by the burning fire of desire. This is a first death, death by passion. Remember that passion is related to the verb of "suffering" and by implication therefore to "death".
However, if the object of desire is removed or if the relationship has to end, then so be it. This second death should not be mourned in a quasi-nostalgic way. No. The object of one previous desire should now be hated. There is no middle of the road. Mediocracy or compromise is rejected.