Fire and Ice
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.
-Robert Frost
I really like this poem because it can be interpreted in many ways. For me I believe that it’s referring to appreciating people who speak honestly and say what they mean, favoring fire, over people who may be kind and try to spare other feelings, ice, but ultimately end up hurting people more in the end because they are not straight forward and are risking relationships and feelings because they will not be honest with others.
The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
-Robert Frost

This is one of my favorite poems because it expresses the importance of choosing your own path in life. The first road is the road everyone travels, it is the course in life which everyone relies on. By taking the road less traveled you are opening yourself up to your own opportunities. Allowing yourself to find your way and discover new things whether it be in traveling, working, building relationships etc. Taking the road less traveled means you get to set your own rules, guide your own way, choose what steps to take and what is most important.

 

i want to apologize to all the women i have called beautiful
before i’ve called them intelligent or brave
i am sorry i made it sound as though
something as simple as what you’re born with
is all you have to be proud of
when you have broken mountains with your wit
from now on i will say things like
you are resilient, or you are extraordinary
not because i don’t think you’re beautiful
but because i need you to know
you are more than that

-Rupi Kaur

I really enjoy this poem because I feel like it isn’t something that most people would think of. I think that people look at compliments as compliments and any will do. However, I think that by pointing out that, although pretty is often an amazing compliment to hear, people are much much more than that. Your outward appearance should not be the most important thing to be noticed, we are all much more than that. For most, our appearance cannot be helped, we were born and grew into the appearances we have now. But what is on the inside is what really defines us and makes us who we are. We choose how we think, act, feel. We choose have we treat other people and how we allow ourselves to be treated. These are the things that truly matter.
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