Dantes Inferno Why Fire Is More Symbolic Than Ice In Hell

As I sit imagining my inferno, I see that it would be significantly different from Dante’s inferno.
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Like ice shrieking across a red-hot griddle, his poetry does, indeed, ride on its ownmelting. One cannot, and Frost has ensured this absolutely with his unstable irony, make avalidated choice between the fire and the ice, or between the language, so insistentlymundane, and the potent oversound. Fire and ice are, after all, the inextricablecomplementarities of one apocalyptic vision: that endlessly regenerative cycle of desireand (self) hatred that necessarily brings the productive poet to scourge his own voice ashe mocks both the poetic vocation and the state to which poetry - and if poetry then alllanguage - has come. Frost anticipates modernism's lament and, it may be said, prefiguresin his dualism its dubious palliative of self-referential irony. The lyric birds and theweary speakers tell us the genuine Frostian wisdom of achieving a commonsensicalaccommodation with the fallen world, while inciting at another, and ineffable, level aprofound disquiet.

In the Inferno from the Divine Comedy Dante Alighieri uses symbols to emphasize the dangers of sin....
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The concise, laconic, perfect and perfectly savage "Fire and Ice," theantithesis of the long-winded "New Hampshire," belongs with the apocalyptic"Once by the Pacific." The alternatives in the title represent passion andhatred, two ways of destroying the world. The poem was inspired by a passage in Canto 32of Dante's , in which the betrayers of their own kind are plunged, while ina fiery hell, up to their necks in ice: "a lake so bound with ice, / It did not tooklike water, but like a glass ... right clear / I saw, where sinners are preserved inice." The last, understated word in Frost's poem, "suffice," clinches themeaning (like "difference" in "The Road Not Taken") by rhyming withthe two lines that end in "ice" and enclosing that thematic word within itself

He is startled by their presence in hell.Dante and Virgil see sinners now completely frozen in the ice contorted in various positions.
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When Frost speaks of hatred, however, instead of seeing it as an emotion or feeling,like anger, he presents it as a consequence of thought, of conscious choice: "I thinkI know enough of hate / To say that for destruction ice / Is also great / And wouldsuffice." The emphasis here, as in Dante, is on reason, or better, on the perversionor misuse of reason, because it is employed not for Christian love but for hatred. Theintellectual distancing contained in the repetition "I think I know" the changefrom the present perfect tense, implying a past action ("I've tasted"), to thepresent tense ("I think I know"), and the utter isolation of the repeated 'T'without any reference to others mark hatred as worse than desire. Frost underscores thisby making it the cause of a second death ("But if it had to perish twice") farmore terrible by implication than the first. The pun on the word "ice" in"twice" and "suffice" accentuates the bitter coldness of hatred, andthe triple repetition of "ice" at the end of the poem recalls Satan's futileefforts to escape - it is the very beating of his wings that causes the river Cocytus inthe ninth circle to freeze.

Dante’s Divine Comedy, Inferno: Canto 33, Circle 9 – From Satan to the Stars
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where he was frozen up to his waist in ice.

Like Dante, Frost employs a first-person speaker in his poem. In his dramaticnarrative, Dante creates a character named Dante to recount his journey. Although theauthor and narrator are distinct (after all, Dante the author did not hesitate to placecharacters in hell whom Dante the narrator pities), there are haunting, autobiographicalovertones, as if the Inferno served as a warning not only to others but also to the poethimself:

Why is Dante's hell made of ice instead of fire

We meet Virgil in the Inferno just when Dante begins to lose all hope in going through that “shadowed forest.” Beatrice has appointed him to guide our hero through hell and then through Purgatory.

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Frost's "Fire and Ice" contains this same organizational pattern. Theunderstated opening two lines, "Some say the world will end in fire, / Some say inice," at first seem merely to suggest the biblical and scientific predictions aboutthe end of the world: an apocalyptic holocaust or a new ice age. However, as figurativerepresentations of desire and hatred, fire and ice embody the very system of Aristotelianethics Dante employs in arranging the Inferno: Sins of reason are worse than sins ofpassion. Frost associates fire with the senses and places it first or, so to speak, nearthe top of his poem as the lesser of the two types of sin: "From what I've tasted ofdesire / I hold with those who favor fire." The verbs are sensuous and although notdirect allusions, they recall characters in Dante's upper hell such as the glutton Ciaccothe Hog ("tasted"), the adulterous lovers Paolo and Francesca("hold"), and the hoarders ("favor"). In addition, by aligning thepoem's speaker with a group of others ("I hold with those who favor fire"),Frost implies this is a more common and less serious sin.

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But it is at the thematic level that Frost most tellingly follows Dante, for the poemreflects the same system of ethics that Dante employs to classify the sins and punishmentsof hell. In reading the Inferno, readers are often puzzled by Dante'sarrangement, because flatterers, fortunetellers, hypocrites, thieves, even counterfeitersare placed below murderers. The explanation that Dante provides in canto 11 derives fromAristotle: Sins of reason are worse than sins of passion. In the Nicomachean Ethics,Aristotle observes that what distinguishes human beings from other life forms is reason;therefore, human beings must function with reason in order to fulfill their maximumpotential, what Aristotle terms arete - excellence or virtue (17). As a Catholic, Dantemodifies this principle by adding that reason is God's greatest gift to humankind and,therefore, its perversion or misuse constitutes the worst possible sin: "But sincefraud / Is the vice of which man alone is capable, / God loathes it most" (Ciardi11.24-26).