- What is the central idea of the poem FIRE & ICE ?
- What is the central theme of the poem FIRE & ICE ?
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The central idea around which the entire poem revolves is that only love, equality, mutual understanding and sympathy for one and all can help in establishing peace on the Earth. The poet mentions that both fire and ice are probable ends of this world. While he talks about how fire represents desire and can therefore be a cause of the end of the world, he also mentions ice in between to symbolise that the coldness and indifference towards one another will also be enough to end the world.
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- Mankind has been consumed by desire(fire) and hardened by hate(ice). The poet says the world will end in war or in fragments caused by the ridgidity of heart and head.
- The central theme of the poem is all about relationships among one another. The poet tries to tell us how these relationships can end with fire like emotions (jealousy, anger, hatred, lust, greed, avarice, fury,) as well as with ice like emotions (cruelty, intolerance, coldness, insensitivity, ignorance, indifference, conflict, rigidity). He also tells us to bring about peace and harmony in the world and to live and let others also live in peace.