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 . . . I think I know enough of hate To say that for destruction ice Is also great . . . Which is worse: devastating passion, or relentless, methodical hatred? The poetic structure mirrors the 9 circles of hell where premeditated "cold" evil is at the core, and passionate, fleshly "hot" evil is in the outer rings.