bluemaria wrote:I have always liked the poem Fire and Ice by Robert Frost that is used in Eclipse. It is so true hate and apathy are equally deadly and would both suffice to kill someone, or at the very least mortally wound their heart. The relevance of the poem to the story, for me, has a lot to do with my interpretation of Fire and Ice which is basically that Frost is saying that the end of the world could come because of passion, hate, fire or the opposite, apathy, coldness, ice. Frost would side with fire (and this I think is fitting as he is a poet) but concedes that ice would also be great and would suffice. Bella's sheer passion for Edward could be overwhelming and possibly deady. On the other side the fact that she does not share the same love for Jake as he does for her (her cold sholder) might be the death of him. I think it is kind of funny how the two are turned around in that way (Edward the fire and Jacob the Ice) However, I have to say that my feelings concerning the relevance of the poem to the book are a little skewed since it has long been one of my favorites.
That is totally beautiful in the interpretation of that poem. I just believed that it alluded to Edward(Ice) & Jacob(Fire) and the ending a give away to Bella choosing Edward. Both elements(fire & ice) are equally powerful; both can give life(fire warms, destroys to bring about new life & ice when it melts is life giving water) both can bring death and destruction. Both can cancel out the other. Fire melts the ice and ice, when melted can put out the fire.
Interesting how these elements represent two very strong, opposite characters whose only comparisons are each is a mythical creature and each love the same woman.
I'm rambling - pardon.