I chose to see the poem in the form of a narrative, and so the images that I’ve presented resemble storyboards, or mood boards that one would make in the conceptualization stage of making a short film. With that out of the way, let’s start interpreting the poem.
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
(top: https://micheledelcampo.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/michele-del-campo-consuming-desire-220x300cm.jpg middle: my own photo bottom: https://www.flickr.com/photos/image_chaser/4989430266/sizes/l/)
I see fire as overwhelming passion, the kind of love that will eventually hurt you, and ice as apathy, or indifference towards anything. These are the two dominant factors that kill the man in the middle of the picture.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
(top: screenshot from "500 Days of Summer" middle: screenshot from "The Matrix" bottom: http://images.sodahead.com/profiles/0/0/2/4/3/6/7/0/3/mt316231258327698tanz_der_vampire_hamburg_tickets.jpeg)
The author is saying that having tried fire, he tends towards those who have similar views. The choice he makes is represented by him taking the red pill, as the red pill is what Neo decides to take eventually, as seen in the movie “The Matrix”. The picture of the woman being bitten by Dracula, presumably out of passion, and is therefore tinted red. The top picture shows a couple being distant towards each other, which represents indifference and is therefore tinted blue.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
(top: http://www.4thestate.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/time-machine.jpg middle: http://img05.deviantart.net/2cd6/i/2008/222/9/5/indifference__by_photography_cc.jpg bottom: http://pre08.deviantart.net/0f17/th/pre/f/2013/033/6/b/handstone_by_inaaca-d5tjrp4.jpg)
I interpret this as the world being resurrected, represented by the hands of time. And after being resurrected, he has gone through enough apathy and indifference of those around him to know that the world is also capable of being destroyed by it’s own apathy.
And would suffice
This line is represented by a single image of a grave with a purple sunset. The purple sunset represents the mixture of red and blue elements, namely “fire” and “ice”. If you’ve noticed, all the panels so far have been in a set of 3 images, whereas this final sentence is represented by only 1 image. I feel that a single image shows off the impact of the phrase, “to suffice”.
Admittedly, thinking abstractly isn’t exactly my cup of tea, but I still tried my best anyway and I’m pretty happy with the result, although I feel like I could have done a better job if I had a better grasp of Photoshop.
Seeing everyone else’s work made me realise that there are so many ways to interpret a poem, and it really inspires me to do a better job next time!