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Copy of Nothing Gold Can Stay Presentation

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"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.
"Nature's first green is gold."
After a long winter, we love the moment when we see the blooming of different plants. Robert Frost is saying that this moment is gold, because it is a precious moment. Therefore, this means we treasure that special time when "Nature's first green is gold."
"Her Hardest Hue to Hold."
We want to hold on to what we treasure most in nature, but nature does not hold on to it for long. The same can be said about our lives. We want to hold onto our youth, but we continue to grow.
"Her early leaf's a flower."
Robert Frost describes the blooming of the flower and how we watch it grow. By some point it becomes a fully bloomed flower that we can look at in awe as its beauty grows.
"But only so an hour."
Robert Frost lets us know that the beautiful flower that we saw grow does not last forever. This opens to the idea that nothing lasts forever. Everything good in the world must come to an end.
"Then leaf subsides to leaf."
This describes the change from an elegant flower to a slowly withering flower. The same goes for us. As our lives begin to lessen we reflect on our memories.
"So Eden sank to grief."
A reflection to the Bible. Eden was a perfect place were Adam and Eve lived. It was a gift from God until they disobeyed him. It was a place of peace and tranquility that will never live again. We can refrain back to earlier, that everything good will come to an end.
"So dawn goes down to day."
In a transition from the flower metaphor, Frost compares dawn and dusk. At dawn it is a new day to learn from our previous mistakes and try new things. Daytime in a way can be described as a perfect Utopia. It is brought to an end by dusk.
"Nothing gold can stay."
The final line of the poem. It us that nothing lasts forever, good or bad. I feel that Robert Frost is telling us that in life we should cherish everything we have, because it could be gone tomorrow. In other words, the "gold" things in life are the most fragile.
Literary Devices
Personification- the use of "her" and the ability to "hold" something.

Metaphor- The entire poem. It compares how precious things are in life to a flower blooming.

Alliteration- "Her hardest hue to hold." "Green is gold." "Dawn goes down to day."

Hyperbole- A flower does not die within an hour.

Symbolism- "So Eden sank to grief." it represents Adam and Eve's sin.
Poem by Robert Frost
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