NCERT Solutions for Class 10th English First Flight
Chapter Chapter 13. Fire and Ice (Poem)
Thinking About The Text
Q1. There are many ideas about how the world will ‘end’. Do you think the world will end some day? Have you ever thought what would happen if the sun got so hot that it ‘burst’, or grew colder and colder?
Many theories are prents about 'end' of would. Many theories are completing the cycle of this age. The would will get 'end'. But the poet had different theory about it. He thinks that the would will grt 'end' with fire or with ice.
Q2. For Frost, what do ‘fire’ and ‘ice’ stand for? Here are some ideas:
Robert frost compares and contrasts two destructive forces: Fire and ice. For him fire stands for desire , greed , lust , intolerance , conflicts etc. These vices consume and destroy the fabric of society. 'Ice' stands for hatred, rigidity, insensitivity, coldness and indifference. Hate is somethings that causes people to be rigid, unmoving and cold.
Q3. What is the rhyme scheme of the poem? How does it help in bringing out the contrasting ideas in the poem?
The rhyme scheme of the poem is ---ab---ab---bc---bc.
The rhyme scheme brings out the contrasting ideas and separates them beautifully.
fire - desire; hate - great
twice - ice; ice - suffice