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"Nothing Gold can Stay"

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Dana Christie

on 28 May 2014

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Transcript of "Nothing Gold can Stay"

"Nothing Gold can Stay"
You need to:
Read the definiton of an allegory below. Look through the examples.
Recall what you know of symbolism (from The Hobbit) and naturalism (from White Fang) before watching/ listening to the video below.
After watching the video, analyze the poem by identifying the symbols and what they represent; identifying the allegories and what they represent; identifying traits of naturalism and how those traits affect the meaning of the poem.

Simplify the poem by re-writing each line so that the deeper meaning is exposed.
What is an allegory?
For this assignment you will learn about allegories. You will also use your knowledge of naturalism and symbolism to analyze a poem.
Then you will follow the instructions below!
Be prepared to share what you've completed!
An allegory is a figure of speech in which ideas are described in terms of characters, figures and events. It tells a story with a purpose of teching an idea or moral lesson.
Examples of Allegories
C.S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is a famous religious allegory. The lion Aslan is representing Christ, and the character Edmund, who betrays Aslan is a Judas figure. And you thought it was just a kid's book.

George Orwell's novel, Animal Farm, on the other hand is a political allegory. Though set in a barnyard, the novel also tells the story of the rise of the Communist party in Russia between 1917 and 1943. Although on the surface the story may seem to be about a bunch of talking farm animals, the novel also has a secondary meaning that readers in the know will piece together.
Difference between Allegory and Symbolism
Although an allegory uses symbols, it is different from symbolism. An allegory teaches a lesson, while a symbol is an object that represents something else. Unlike allegory, symbolism doesn't tell a story. For example, a sun might be a symbol for happiness.
Assignment Overview
First, you will read/listen to the poem, "Nothing Gold can Stay" by Robert Frost.
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