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"Nothing Gold Can Stay" Annotation to Explication

Scaffolding the process of moving from literal interpretation to critical analysis in explication/commentray/short essay form.

Josh Zajdler

on 9 February 2011

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Transcript of "Nothing Gold Can Stay" Annotation to Explication

Nature's first green is gold
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost Rhyme Scheme AABBCCDD Alliteration

Nature's first green is gold

Her hardest hue to hold.

So dawn goes down to day. Allusion Eden:

1.Bible. The garden of God and the first home of Adam and Eve. Also called Garden of Eden.
2.A delightful place; a paradise.
3.A state of innocence, bliss, or ultimate happiness.

American Heritage Dictionary
connotation and denotation gold:
Denotative meaning: money; wealth; riches.
Connotative meaning: something likened to this metal in brightness, preciousness, superiority, etc.: a heart of gold. Style and Form His work is principally associated with the life and landscape of New England.
His poems are often dark meditations on universal themes.
He is a modern poet in his adherence to language as it is actually spoken.
-www.poets.org Nature's first green is gold A
Her hardest hue to hold. A Her early leaf's a flower;B
But only so an hour.B Then leaf subsides to leaf.C
So Eden sank to grief.C PErsonification Nature is personified as female
Eden is personified as grieving So dawn goes down to day.D
Nothing gold can stay.D Tone A matter-of-fact and melancholic tone is apparent as the speaker reamarks that time passes, youth turns to age, and innocence is lost; "Nothing gold can stay." Meaning, Audience, Situation The speaker remarks that precious or "gold" things are impermanent. Nature's first buds signifying spring quickly are replaced by full green leaves that will eventually subside to hues of yellow, orange, and brown before dying. The speaker's allusion to Eden suggests a loss of innocence, through eating from the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve's innocence was lost and so was their life in paradise. The speaker notes another natural phenomena, the sun, and notes that dawn dissapates into day. The speaker reminds the reader that precious moments do not last, however, the reference to spring and dawn does not leave one feeling morose. Spring subsides to summer, summer subsides to fall, falls subsides to winter, and winter subsides to spring. Likewise, although dawn passes into day and day into night, night is replaced by a new dawn. While one precious moment will inevitably pass, one should not mourn that change and time occur because there will be future precious moments. This 8 lined poem possesses a regular rhyme and
heavy end stops
with commas, semi-colon, and periods.
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