Poem Analysis Of 'fire And Ice' By Robert Frost And 'the Day They Came For Our House' By Don Mattera

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"The possession of power over others is inherently destructive both to the possessor of the power and to those over whom it is exercised." George D. HerronThe modern industrialist society, in which we live, has been shaped by people in the possession of power, and the power of passion. The 20th and 21st century's have illustrated clearly the deadly potential of power, and not just to the possessor of the power but also to those over whom it is exercised. The poem's 'Fire and Ice' and 'The Day They Came For Our House' by Robert Frost and Don Mattera respectively, perfectly convey the idea of the destructive nature of power, the poems are both concerned with Mortality of Age. The ideal readers of these poems are people old enough to understand how harsh and cruel this world can be. Furthermore, people who can appreciate the sense of grief portrayed in these poems, as both poets investigate deeply the potentially devastating capability of humans to destroy themselves and others.'Fire and Ice', written by Robert Frost, is a carefully constructed poem, which carries a straightforward message that emotions become destructive when they are too extreme, destructive enough, even, to end the world. 'Fire and Ice' holds the theme of Mortality and Age, also the destructive power of passion, Robert Frost also describes humans as complacent, throughout the poem. Rather then telling a story or receiving an insight, Robert Frost simply expresses an opinion. While in the poem 'The Day They Came For Our House' Don Mattera is telling a story of a place called Sophiatown. This poem is a vivid retelling of the experience that Don Mattera went through, and thus is very personal. The main message delivered by this poem is that power can be very destructive, especially if it is used against people with little or no power themselves. Don Mattera illustrates the struggle of the Africans that lived in Sophiatown, when it was being demolished by white people to make a white settlement. The themes of this poem are Mortality and Age and some protest, which come under the main theme of alienation. Also just like Robert Frost he describe humans as being complacent.In the poem 'Fire and Ice', Robert Frost creates a speaker whose conjectures about the world's ultimate destruction are designed to reveal the deadly potential of human passion. To address his theme, Frost cleverly manipulates the imagery of the title, 'Fire and Ice'. Frost requires the reader to think first about the destructive powers of fire and ice, and then relate this to desire and hate. In order to understand the poem's warning about the equally ruinous potential of unbridled emotion. In the lines: 'Some say the world will end in fire/Some say in ice' (stanza 1, lines 1-2), Robert Frost shows two different ways that could lead to the World's ultimate destruction. These lines relate to the theme of Mortality and Age, because there is an inevitability of death. He then follows on with, 'From what I've tasted of...

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