Fire and Ice

Composed by Isaac Schankler (b. 1980)

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.

“Fire and Ice” is Robert Frost by way of Johnny Cash. Robert Frost lived in Ann Arbor and taught at the University of Michigan from 1921-1927. This poem was published in 1920, which means Frost most likely was not referencing the weather extremes particular to Michigan, but you can draw your own conclusions.

—Isaac Schankler and Emily Marvosh

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