Robert Frost, well known for his realistic depictions of rural life and mastery over colloquial speech was a popular and often-quoted poet. He won Pulitzer award four times. The early poems that he wrote were in stark contrast to the late 19th century Romantic verse as they attempted to probe deeper into the pleasant aspect of nature without losing sight of its didactic purpose. Frost gained enormous popularity for his mastery of metrical form set against the natural rhythms of everyday speech.
In his hands, the traditional use of stanza gained greater vigor. Frost was the master of blank verse and used it extensively in his dramatic narratives such as “Mending Wall” and “Home Burial.” His dramatic-dialogue poems ingeniously unified the regular pentameter line with the irregular rhythms of everyday speech.
The poem Fire and Ice is rife with imagery, denotations, connotations, symbolism, and musical devices. The poem is written in iambic pentameter variably to accentuate the overall meaning of the poem.(Hansen, 59) In this poem he also uses couplets. The poem can be compared to that of a nursery rhyme. Its narrative is simple and corresponds to the gist of the poem. The description of fire and ice adorns the tone of the poem who gives two distinct possibilities for the end of the world.
In nothing gold can stay is a short poem of mere eight lines. The poem narrates the decay of beauty that every object no matter how beautiful it is will be frittered away by the ravages of time. Frost describes the process of decaying in relation with nature. He also refers to the withering away of flowers.
Hansen, Tom. "Frost's FIRE AND ICE." 59: 27. EBSCO. Century College, White Bear Lake, MN. 18 Mar. 2008