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Nothing Gold Can Stay, By Robert Frost

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Transcript of Nothing Gold Can Stay, By Robert Frost

"Nothing Gold Can Stay", By Robert Frost
"Nothing Gold Can Stay"
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.
Analysis, Lines 1-2
Nature's first green is
gold
,

H
er
h
ardest
h
ue to
h
old.
Analysis, Lines 3-5
Her
early leaf's a flower;

But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.
Analysis, Lines 6-9
So
Eden
sank to grief,

So dawn goes down to day.

Nothing
gold
can stay.
Background Research
Robert Frost
Robert Frost
~Born March 26th 1874; died January 29th, 1963.
~Highly in touch with the rural life.
~Liked to examine social and philosophical themes.
~Received four Pulitzer prizes
~Awarded Congressional Gold Medal in 1960.
Literary Era
~The Literary Era- Mix of the Imagism Era and Modern Era.
~Famous Lit. works: The Great Gatsby and This Side of Paradise (F. Scott Fitzgerald); All Quiet on the Western Front (Erich Plaria Remarque)
~Nothing Gold Can Stay is both of the Imagism Era and Modern Era.
*Imagism Era: Short, concise while creating a clear picture.
*Modern Era: Asked questions of life.
Historical Era
Mr. Robert Frost
Poem Reread
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.
The Figurative Language of Robert Frost
The Innocent Flower
Often times, Adam and Eve are compared to "Nature's first flower" while in the Garden of Eden. However, after partaking of the forbidden fruit, Adam and Eve fell to earth, stripping Eden of her innocent and pure flowers.
"So Eden sank to grief,"
"Nature's first green is gold"
The Allegory of Gold
Throughout the poem, Robert Frost refers to "gold" as the golden rays of sunshine. However, there is a second allegory of gold, which is power and wealth. Both are not permanent and therefore only last temporarily.
Frost's choice in Diction
~The use of the letter 's' throughout the poem adds a soft and harmonious feel to the poem; while the diction gives the poem a sense of sadness: "grief, subsides, sank, only, nothing..."

Works Consulted
"American Literature Major Movement and Terms." N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Oct. 2013. <http://staff.gps.edu/gaither/literary_movements.htm>.
"Analysis of "Nothing Gold Can Stay" |." N.p., 29 Apr. 2012. Web. 06 Oct. 2013. <http://elixirofmemories.wordpress.com/2012/04/29/analysis-of-nothing-gold-can-stay/>.
Poem written in the "Roarin' Twenties".
~Modern technology beginning to arise.
~Women won the right to vote.
~Flourishing after WWI.
~Sustained economic prosperity.
*Time Period events contrasts one of the main themes of power/wealth not being permanent.
SOAPSTone
S:Nature, and all of its different aspects
O:The sun is rising and lighting up the world.
A: The audience could be anyone going through a difficult time.
P: To show that everything will pass, and nothing is permanent.
S: Speaker is some sort of potent, godly figure.
Tone: Very bittersweet, as the speaker is acknowledging the beautiful golden color disappearing from the morning.
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