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Nothing gold can stay

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Amanda Saji

on 10 April 2014

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Transcript of Nothing gold can stay

Line 2:
"Her hardest hue to hold."
In the first verse of this poem, the word GOLD is a reference to the feeling of bliss, happiness, and valuability. The author connects these two ideas by expressing that when buds begin to grow, their initial color similar to gold. Likewise, childhood and youth are the "gold buds" of life. These moments should be cherished and spent in worthwhile ways. This line also represents the innocence and trust one feels during the springtime of their life. As the author was trying to imply throughout the whole of the poem, springtime is an excellent delegate of youth. It is the short period of time in which the the bud stays gold and enjoys the stage it is at. It is a medium between the brutal battle among the dark, harsh days of winter and scorching heat of summer. This is the period in which they grow and learn, and change. However, it is impossible to foretell how the child will end up. Will they have an amiable personality with a calm, serene attitude to incomprehensible situations? Or will they have temper tantrums for every little misoccurance and stand for nothing but their own way? In this way, the drastic transformation from youth to adulthood, or from spring to summer, can be witnessed. Like the budding leaf, one must wait until the very end to understand what has happened. Although, it is sure that whatever the new plant acquired, there will always be something just out of its reach: its old gold hue.

Who is speaking? point of view? what is the poem about?
In the poem "Nothing Gold Can Stay" the speaker of the poem is an unnamed person but probably someone old enough to have some perspective on how beautiful, young things in life fade away so quickly. The speaker is elusive. The speaker of the poem is trying to tell young people that they should seize the day because it will eventually end. The speaker of the poem speaks without using first person and keeps the topic impersonal. All we can do is assume what the speaker looks like and try to figure out the personality, without knowing very much. The poem is about a perfect garden, as good as gold; named The Garden of Eden. One person, Eve, ate an apple leaving the glory she and Adam had to only last an hour. Since, they both ate the apple The Garden of Eden sank to grief. What once was gold, turned into nothing. Nothing gold can stay.
A theme for this poem is that good things will eventually fade away. Cherish what you have when you have it. This means that almost all things, from nature especially start out as gold, for example a baby. However he or she will eventually grow up and that joy of being a baby will fade with it as well. In the poem, gold represents the sweetest, most innocent and natural things in life and at the end we learn that nothing that's gold stays. When you are gifted with an amazing opportunity, you are not gifted with a promise that says that you will have that opportunity no matter what happens. Life is an obstacle, no one ever said its going to be easy. Just when you thing your on top of the world, just when you think you have everything, one event can change your whole life. The poem talks about how "Eden sank to grief". It took one mistake, for paradise to be taken out. However, because this negative event happened, Humanity was brought forth. Even the most beautiful things in life will have an end.
"Nothing Lasts Forever"

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.

Line 1
Nature's first green is gold
In the first verse of this poem, the word GOLD is a reference to the feeling of bliss, happiness, and valuability. The author connects these two ideas by expressing that when buds begin to grow, their initial color similar to gold. Likewise, childhood and youth are the "gold buds" of life. These moments should be cherished and spent in a worthwhile way.
Nothing Gold Can Stay
By Robert Frost
"Nature's first green is gold" Line 1
"Her early leaf's a flower" Line 3
"So dawn goes down to day" Line 7
These lines could be seen as a form of imagery. They form a picture in your mind, and these lines make you think of nature as opposed to a suburb or city. Imagery is used to make an author's point strong as well as vivid. If the reader is able to visualize, they are able to see or sense what the author themselves was thinking of. You are able to see the beauty of the flower that the author is trying to depict. You are able to the see colors of nature, able to feel the awe and the warmth of the golden rays of dawn on your skin. Seeing and living through the poem or event can make the emotions that the reader feels more intense.
"Nature's first green is gold" Line 1
"Her hardest hue to hold" Line 2
"So dawn goes down to day" Line 7

All three of these lines have the poetic device of alliteration. Alliteration is when two or more words in a line have the same first letter or initial. It is pleasing to the ear and helps with the flow of the poem (similar to the purpose of rhyming in a poem). Alliteration has the ability to help stress a point because the sound can make it more memorable. It also can be used to be seen as amusing, clever, and witty to the reader.
"Nature's first green is gold
Her hardest hue to hold
Her early leaf's a flower
So Eden sank to grief"
These lines show the poetic device of personification, giving inanimate objects or concepts human-like traits or abilities. Nature is referred to as "her" and Eden, a garden, "sank to grief" as though nature itself were a person and the garden of Eden was able to feel and express emotions and feelings. The giving of human-like traits or qualities to an inanimate object or concept can have the reader feel empathy towards the object or concept. This causes the phrases or poem to be more emotional and have a greater impact on the reader. It is more effective than saying "it" or " just as in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve lost their paradise because of sin"
Gold is a very valuable color that often represents wealth and successful occasions. Perfection which is the stage when all flowers are bloomed to the fullest and when all humans have a smile on their face, it is very rarely achieved, however when it is, its hard to hold on to. Life is similar to that. In life there will be moments when we feel like we are on top of the world, when we think that we are the best. However, its important to remember that arrogance is the beginning of failure. From this, we can conclude that the author wanted to convey a message, its good to be confident and have a feeling of perfection, however, this success is very hard to hold on to.

''Nothing lasts forever''
Line 7: So dawn goes down to day.
''Nothing lasts forever'' is a good alternative title for ''Nothing gold can stay'' because all happiness and sorrows have to come to an end. For example, the line from the poem, ''But only so an hour'', demonstrates how you have to make every moment worth while and not take anything for granted. Another example from the poem is ''so dawn goes down to day ''to show that things change. People grow, flowers bloom, and gold begins to tarnish. The time between dawn and day can delegate the obstacles one must overcome. After these hurdles have been jumped, the individual will attain experience and pride, erasing their innocence and purity. Time is as precious as gold and you must treat it that way. It is just as valuable and just as scarce.
This line's connotation directly corresponds to that of the first line. The first line refers to gold as something precious and cherished--a beginning. This idea represents childhood and the innocence that comes along with it. For example, during that one sublime moment at the peak of dawn, it appears as if the sun is bathing the world in gold. It is the perfect instance. This symbolizes the one, quick moment of childhood, the innocence and immaturity of the youth. However, this phase does not last long, and dawn will gradually become day, and eventually, the sun must set. This ties in with the first lines theme that "gold", or "childhood", does not last forever. Line one refers to "gold" as springtime. In this context, youth is referred as the peak moment of dawn when it seems as if everything is submerged in purity and trust.
Line 6:
"So Eden sank to grief"
By adding the famous Garden of Eden, the author made an important impact on the poem. According to the bible, God created this exquisite piece of land and let the first man and woman, Adam and Eve call it their home. In return for paradise God requested one thing from them, not to eat the apple that The Tree of Knowledge, Good and Evil bears. The two lived a life, a life that we may call a dream today. Unfortunately for them, the sun in their paradise was blocked by a serpent filled with greed and temptation. The snake eventually convinced Eve to eat the apple and she shared the fruit with her beloved husband. The apple was the cause of their interrupted life in paradise. God became very disappointed in them and to punish them he started the the humanity and world we have today. So when Eden sank to grief, paradise and perfection was interrupted by evil therefore proving the point that nothing gold or valuable ever lasts.
Hue- a particular shade or color in this poem. It refers to the color of gold. This contributes to the poem because as opposed to the use of the word ''color'' or ''shade'', it gives the reader a deeper feeling about what the poem actually means and provides the poem with the literary device of alliteration.

Subsides-to diminish in intensity. The use of this word is to describe the change between the leaf's two forms, reveals the tone of the poem. The author could have used the word change or grow, however the diction shows that the author feels as though the change of the leaf was not for the better. The leaf's original form was more pure and innocent.

Grief- mental suffering or distress over loss. It affects the mood of the poem because it makes the reader feel sorrow or feel a form of innocence toward life.
By Robert Frost,
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What is the Theme ?
"Nature's first green is Gold" Line 1
"Her early leaf's a flower" Line 3
In "Nothing Gold Can Stay", there are various examples of symbolism throughout the poem. These two lines provide us with only a few examples. A symbol is an object used to represent something abstract. The word "gold" could be interpreted to be wealth, material objects, or anything to be considered precious. The word "flower" could be interpreted to mean innocence and purity and/or delicacy and beauty. Symbols let the readers interpret, discuss and ponder the point the author may be trying to get across, more time would be spent thinking of the poem making it more memorable. It can also be used to enhance and make the theme and the poem more clear.
"So Eden sank to grief" Line 6
"So dawn goes down to day" Line 7
Lines 6 and 7 could be considered similes. A simile is a comparison of two unlike things, using the words like or as. Despite the fact the lines may not contain the actual words of "like" or "as", the word "so" and its context would tell us that it could be translated to "just as." These lines compare nature and its changes to the events surrounding the Garden of Eden as well as the path the sun takes without saying that one of the things IS one of the others. Similes can clarify the theme, idea, or point an author is trying to demonstrate by comparing it to something more understandable or relatable to the reader.
Line 3
"Her early leaf's a flower"
This line shows what the author believes about a leaf's first form. They believe it to be a beautiful flower that blossoms with color, innocence and beauty. It reveals that the author believes that the first form of a leaf, or anything for that matter, is the most precious.
Line 4
"But only so an hour"
Line 4, "but only so an hour" is referring to the previous line of "her early leaf's a flower." When analyzed, the learned that the third line reveals how the author believes about the first version of a leaf. They believe it to be the most magnificent, to be at its finest. However this line acknowledges the fact that this innocence and purity, this beauty, cannot last. Soon, within a finite amount of time, possibly within the hour, any beauty that anything in nature has, will eventually cease, as all things do.
Line 5
"Then Leaf subsides to leaf"
This line reveals the tone of the poem, its meaning and what the author may be trying to get across. The keyword would be "subside." The leaves are changing and becoming something new, however the author chose not to use either of those words. The words "subsides" has been defined to mean diminish in intensity or to go down to a lower level. This implies that the author does not prefer the change of leaf, the flower. He believed to be a lesser leaf, as though the change had destroyed the beauty the flower may have one had. Blossoming flowers changing to green leaves is as sure as spring changing to summer and the author gives us an example of how change may not always be beneficial, but it is in fact inevitable, because no beauty can last.
Break It Down
Line 8:
Nothing gold can stay
The last line of this poem is probably the most important; It justifies the poet's theme that all fortune--both good or bad--must come to an end. In this last line, Frost is saying that eventually, a child's youth hood will out and a new personality will develop. The author gets this message across by referring to childhood as "gold" once again. This influences the reader because it demonstrates how important this simile is to the whole poem. It has a significant impact on the reader because all the lines are tied together in this one verse and gives them a feeling of fulfillment and content.
A Perishing Joy
Another good title for this poem is A Perishing Joy. In this title, joy refers to the happiness and contentment of being a child. In the poem, this is also know" or "dawn". However, the word perishing is added to the title to demonstrate how eventually, all good things must come to an end. It will gradually "perish away". This theme is evident in the line 6: "So Eden sank to grief". This is because the Garden of Eden, Paradise, was slowly crumbling to nothing because of one misoccurance. All it takes is one mistake to ruin the most precious and valuable things, This is inevitable; eventually a blunder will be made and the happiness and joy will vanish.
"Even the Sun sets in Paradise"
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