I loved and still love reading stories. Listening to them too! I never enjoyed poems earlier.. but all that changed in the last few years after I fell in love with the most famous, talented and brilliant poets’ works.
I fell heads over heals in love with the amazing works of Emily Dickinson & Robert Frost and many more. But they make the top of my list. Rabindranath Tagore is a gem of Indian Literature and he too have contributed wonderful poetic as well as prose works.
A few days back I came across two wonderful poems of my fav❤️ Robert Frost. As you guys know, one famous work of Robert Frost is THE ROAD NOT TAKEN, which is simply.. mind – blowing! That was the first poem that I ever read! And now you know the reason why I adore poems.
Well,the poems that I had read a few days back were short ones. But let us not misunderstand it! The reason why I am posting it is because of how I was impressed and inspired by those short words, reflecting a lot of meaning…. Deep meanings!
🔥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.
At the first sight, it would seem that the poem talks about the end of the earth by different natural causes. Well.. it does talk about the end of the earth, but if you closely examine, they are not actually natural causes. The poet actually uses FIRE and ICE to actually symbolise different other causes. According to the poet, FIRE stands for the BURNING DESIRES OF MAN & ICE stands for the COLD HATRED IN MAN. Now re-read the poem. I am pretty sure that you will understand how deep the poem is then!
He says if the world had to perish once – then it would most probably because of the dangerous desires in men. For power, money and position, men often becomes greedy and selfish, the never ending thirst for them lead them to the whole destruction of the earth! If the world had to perish twice, then the poet exclaims that there is a fair chance for Ice (hatred) to mark the end too!
This poem was inspired by the 14th century poet, Dante’s “INFERNO“. Do check it out here!
DUST OF SNOW.
The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a Hemlock tree.
Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.
Frankly speaking, I considered this poem too silly initially. You might’ve too. Just some random thoughts. But look closely.
The poet is introduced in a very bad mood, and is said to be walking by a Hemlock tree. And suddenly a crow throws some ‘dust of snow’ on him, which eventually changes his mood. How can an incident of less significance change a person’s mood? That’s impractical! But if you dig deep into this poem, you will understand that the true essence lies actually in the characters mentioned in this poem and their impact on the poet.
The hemlock tree, a poisonous tree, and crow is mentioned in this story, as a good omen or as a blessing in disguise, which is the odd element of the poem. This is because, usually crow and hemlock trees are considered as elements of inauspicious events. But here Frost exhibits the one important and an amazingly beautiful lesson that INAUSPICIOUS THINGS CAN BRING JOY AND HAPPINESS TOO.
Don’t you think this is beautiful?
Please comment below about how you felt reading this. Do mention your favourite poet and your favourite poem!