NCERT Solutions for Class 10 English First Flight Chapter 1 Fire and ice - Champstreet

NCERT English - Class 10

First Flight (Poem)

Chapter 1: Fire and Ice

Thinking about the Poem

Question: 1

There are many ideas about how the world will ‘end’. Do you think the world will end some day? Have you ever thought what would happen if the Sun gets so hot that it ‘bursts’ or grows colder and colder?


There are definitely many ideas about how the world will ‘end’. I do believe that the world will end some day as anything that has a beginning will have an end. This stands true for the world also, if the Sun got so hot that it burst, the whole of the Earth would perish immediately as no part of the Earth can bear the heat of that intensity. But if the Sun grew colder and colder, everything will come to an end as without sunlight, life will end.

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Question: 2

For Frost, what do ‘fire’ and ‘ice’ stand for?


‘Fire’ stands for greed, avarice, lust, conflict and fury. ‘Ice’ stands for cruelty, intolerance, rigidity, insensitivity, coldness, indifference and hatred.

Question: 3

What is the rhyme scheme of the poem? How does it help in bringing out the contrasting ideas in the poem?


The rhyme scheme of the poem - abba