End of the world: Frank Zappa vs. Robert Frost

While I was tracking down the Frank Zappa quote about the world ending in fire and ice, I came across this cheerful 1923 poem from Robert Frost.

Like Zappa, Frost was also contemplating the end of the world. But he came to a slightly different conclusion:

Fire & Ice
by 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.
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.
Readers in the U.S., please vote today. I don’t want to see how the world ends.

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