In the Fire and Ice, again frost seems to be tackling human nature,but now with an eye toward the eventuality that awaits the human race.Here Frost seems to be belabouring the dichotomous nature of a human mind,i.e, the dichotomy of “passion” and “intelligence”.”Passion” is fire and denotes our animalistic side and brings into view such emotions and feelings as love,lust and hunger while “intelligence” is cold and denotes that rationality that sets us apart from our animal brethren and brings into view such “cold” emotions as hate and distrust. The poem is mulling the end of the human race,the end of the world.will the world die in the throes of raging and virulent passion or will it be assassinated by a cold intelligence?will we see fireworks on the deck of the titanic or will the world be abruptly asphyxiated?It does not matter,for according to Frost,in any case, destruction would be
This is why it is important to read books that has as much impact as an axe on a frozen sea; so much so that it causes the frozen sea to break. In the stories: Life of Pi, Night, and the play Macbeth, written by Yann Martel, Elie Wiesel, and William Shakespeare respectively, the human condition is exposed to the reader. It shows them the different aspects that composes humanity. In Life of Pi many scenarios occur that drive the
In the stories, “To Build a Fire”, “The Jungle”, and “Food Product Design”, the authors of each story want the readers to recognize the question: What aspect of naturalism they use to reveal the reality in our lives? To specify and reveal this, the authors use conflicts and ideals which are men’s ability to conquer the environment and people cannot change their destiny to signify naturalism. Naturalism is a literary movement that emphasizes on the observation of reality. It is mainly from Charles Darwin 's Darwinism that nature is beyond one 's control. It mainly focuses on these things.
Cheng explains that nature is dying due to the pollution caused by human greediness. Alliteration, anaphora and oxymorons are used to illustrate the themes in both poems and makes readers feel guilty and motivated to do something to help stop the destruction by appealing to their emotions. In ‘Report to Wordsworth’, Cheng uses alliteration in the line “O see the wound widening in the sky”. This creates an image of how the ozone layer is being destroyed and shows that the Earth is metaphorically hurt. The poet has used alliteration in order to slow down the pace and to make the reader pause and think about the destruction.
With regard to this problem, an investigation into literature to realize the previous historical notation of the relationship between man and nature is necessary. Many highly revered novels highlight the connection between man and their environment. One of such important literary classics, Frankenstein written by Mary Shelley in 1823, is an important example of this kind of connection between humanity and their surroundings. The main character of the storyline, the monster, is used to represent humanity and the connection between man and his/her surroundings. Shelley uses
When we are faced with two difficult choices, we try to select the choice that will best satisfy our interests, but if both choices had the potential to be equally detrimental to us, what can we do? This question spontaneously triggered my memory of Robert Frost’s poem “Fire and Ice.” In the poem, Robert Frost tells us that “some say the world will end in fire” and “some say in ice.” From his experiences with desire and passion, emotions of fire, the narrator at first claims that the world will end in fire, but then, recalling his experiences with hatred, an emotion of ice, the narrator concludes that the end of the world in ice would be as equally destructive. While the narrator had claimed that the end of the world in both fire and ice were bad alternatives, I have always wondered how this narrator from “Fire and Ice” would respond if he was placed in a situation where the end of the world was inevitable and
His belief in the fact that extension of the perceiver's will brings order to chaos is what structured most of his poems. He illustrates in a way that shows the “decaying effects of nature are held at bay by the forms into which we mold our understanding of our environment” (Robert Frost, 2013). In many circumstances, his poetry attempted to represent the anxieties of the American spirit, and also show the limits of its freedom in addition of how to best use it. Robert Frost mastered the ability to communicate through the sounds of speech through poems that utilize meter, rhythm, and rhyme (Crumbley, 2006). Robert Frost is praised for his mixture of imagery, rhythmic qualities, dramatic tension, and synecdochical qualities to convey different meanings and emotions at different times throughout his pieces of work (Robert Lee Frost, 2003).
The poems ‘Report to Wordsworth’ by Boey Kim Cheng and ‘Lament’ by Gillian Clarke use the theme of the destruction of nature to portray different ideas. Although these two poems share the main themes of nature and destruction, ‘Report to Wordsworth’ focuses on nature itself while ‘Lament’ shows the dangers of a war that are brought onto nature as well as people involved in it. The poems ‘Report to Wordsworth’ and ‘Lament’ share the theme of the destruction of nature. ‘Report to Wordsworth’ depicts the polluted oceans throughout the poem. The catastrophic situation is portrayed in the expression ‘smothered by smog’, emphasized by the use of sibilance.
The Fire and the Rain, again presents juxtaposition of various ideas and emotions in the background of myths. Folklore and myth move side by side. Karnad writes, The energy of folk theatre comes from the fact that although it seems to uphold traditional values, it also has the means of questioning these values, of making them literally stand on their head. The various conventions – the chorus, the mask, the seemingly unrelated comic episodes, the mixing of human and nonhuman worlds – permit the simultaneous presentation of alternative points of view, of alternative attitudes to the central problem.1 Karnad uses the mythological story of Yavakri in the play. Yavakri is the son of Bharadwaja, who is considered to be a wise man.
He uses the brother betrayal issues of the play myth and adds to it the ritual of the fire sacrifice to represent the web of shine and gender politics in our society. Karnad’s The Fire and the Rain transports the audience to the imaginary world of the Mahabharata, but without dissociating them from day-to-day