Pilot Episode: Fire and Ice


Hi, and welcome to our pilot episode of The English Staff Room podcast: Fire and Ice! Fire and Ice is one of the poems by Robert Frost included in the Year 12 Area of Study: Discovery and this podcast is here to help you get started with the poem. At the moment we sound like we’re in a tin shed, but we’ll aim to improve the sound quality as we go.

Fire and Ice
By Robert Frost

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor 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.


Anaphora: Repetition at the start of the line
Dimeter: A line of verse composed of two feet (da DA da DA)
Meiosis: Understatement
Metonymy: Where words replace others to emphasise meaning eg. “The pen is mightier than the sword” pen=written word OR “world” and human relationships.
Terza Rima: Terza rima is a three-line stanza using chain rhyme in the pattern A-B-A, B-C-B, C-D-C, D-E-D.
Tetrameter: A line of verse composed of three feet (da DA da DA da DA)


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