Hello from Malaysia! Happy Chinese New Year to all celebrating Peacocks!
I must admit that I find myself rather excited to blog here. This entry is going to be about a poem I read in my Conflict Resolution textbook. The poem is entitled “Fire and Ice”, and it is written by Robert Frost. I absolutely love this poem as it can be interpreted in so many ways despite being written very simply. Don’t you just love the beauty of poetry?
Fire and Ice - 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.
In relation to what I’ve been learning in Conflict Resolution, the poem essentially says that fire represents passion, love and desire while ice on the other hand represents the coldness and stiffness emerging out of hate. While fire and ice are natural opposites, the fire of love can quickly change into the ice of hate if you choose to engage in destructive rather than constructive conflicts. If you do choose the route of hate, the loss of that emotional bond can be one of the most heartbreaking experiences a person can go through, wouldn’t you agree? The poem goes on to say that you can choose how you live and end your life. Do you live and end it in love, or in hate?
Isn’t it amazing what poetry can teach you in a subject as complex as Conflict Resolution?