Fire and Ice Fear Quotes
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Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice. (lines 1-2)
The poem abstracts itself from any specific vision of the end of the world.
But if it had to perish twice, (line 5)
Really? The world has to end twice so we can test out the fire vs. ice hypothesis? In all seriousness, the speaker is dripping with irony here. He takes a terrifying topic and treats it like a rational thought experiment.