In the following years, he operated a farm in Derry, New Hampshire, and taught at Derry's Pinkerton Academy. In 1912, he sold his farm and moved his family to England, where he could devote himself entirely to his writing. His efforts to establish himself in England were immediately successful, and in 1913 he published "A Boy's Will", followed a year later by "North of Boston". It was in England where he met and was influenced by such poets at Rupert Brooke and Robert Graves, and where he established his life-long friendship with Ezra Pound , who helped to promote and publish his work.
I love the “ire” in “fire” and “desire,” as well as the “ice” in “twice” and “suffice.”
And I keep unknotting at this: the poem opens with consideration of an apocalyptic scenario brought about by fire, but then it shifts to a more personal consideration — “if I had to perish twice.” And there’s a tone shift from that certain, almost boastful “tasted of desire” to the faux-uncertainly of “I think I know.” You have to be wary of foxy Frost with that “I think,” as in “Whose woods these are I think I know.” You can be sure he knows whose woods. Equally sure he knows enough of hate? Biographically speaking, you bet. How does this poem read beside the “Odi et amo” [I love and I hate.] of Catullus? They make quite a pair.