A. Fire and lce projects a pessimistic outlook.

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The poem actually describes about an imaginary debate between people who say that the world will end in fire and people who say it will end in ice. The poet could be talking about the literal end of the world, but he also talks about the power that human beings have to harm or "destroy" one another. The speaker's experience with romantic desire has taught him that the passionate or "hot" emotions like love and lust would have the power to turn the earth into a very big fireball. But, he is a person who has also experienced the other extreme, and he definitely knows that the colder emotions like hate have a very great destructive power.  The poem does have a pessimistic outlook as it talks about the end of the world through a myriad of emotions.


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