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"Nothing Gold Can Stay"
Transcript of "Nothing Gold Can Stay"
"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.
: "Her early leaf's a flower..."
*The first flowers of spring aren't actually leaves; compares leaves to flowers
: "Nature's first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf's a flower.."
*Nature is referred to as a "her", and it shows that nature can't hold on to anything
: "Nature's first green is gold... Nothing gold can stay."
*Symbolizes that nothing pure or innocent can stay
: Ending of each line- "gold, hold; flower, hour; leaf, grief; day,stay"
Author Facts and Questions:
, Robert Frost contemplated committing suicide because his lover, Elinor White, refused his proposal.
*"A Boy's Will" was his first published poetry collection.
*"He won four Pulitzer Prizes and was awarded the United States Congressional Gold Medal"
*Frost's life was filled with unfortunate events that caused him extreme amounts of grief and suffering.
*"He was the first poet to honor a US presidential inauguration"
*Did your depression influence your writings?
"For all of my weaknesses, poetry seemed to be the glue that held me together. It was my way of making sense of the world, of distilling the vast terrifying wild into controlled verse. Poetry was a way to engage with life—not a means of escaping it."
What caused your depression?
My personal life was filled with ungraceful deaths and sorrow. My parents died when I was very young, I had to commit my sister and daughter to a mental hospital, my son committed suicide, and my wife died of heart failure.
Why did you want to become a poet?
I was interested in reading and writing poetry in high school, and it helped me deal with my depression and stress.
What do you think your greatest achievement is?
I was awarded a congressional gold metal in 1960 and a Bollingen Prize for poetry in 1963.
What is your style of poetry?
I am a poet of traditional verse forms and metrics, and I wrote
styles of poetry compared to the movements of my time.
Spring symbolizes "Nothing Gold Can Stay" because it talks about nature and how "Its first green is gold". Frost is saying that Spring relates to innocence because it, like Spring, can't stay forever. The green leaves eventually turn brown like innocence eventually goes away. Everyone's youth and goodness is
over time because "Nothing gold can stay".
The theme of "Nothing Gold Can Stay" is basically the title of the whole poem- nothing gold and significant can really stay forever.
, the pure and most beautiful things in life eventually fade away, and we have no control over what occurs. Robert Frost uses spring, the Garden of Eden, and nature as examples of what we take for granted and what we don't appreciate until it fades away. He states in the poem, "Nature's first green is gold", and this means that the first green of spring is precious, and it fills the air with light and promise just like gold.
this poem reveals the true goodness and beauty in our lives. We have to be thankful because "Nothing Gold Can Stay."
Type of Poem
"Nothing Gold Can Stay" is a narrative poem because it tells a story (message), and the lines have a rhyming pattern. "So Eden sank to grief, so dawn goes down to day.." are quotes from the poem that help provide
to the message and meaning.
, this poem is a narrative because the theme has compelling and detailed quotes and lines.
We really thought that the message provided in the poem was very meaningful, and "Nothing Gold Can Stay" symbolizes many aspects in life. We liked how Frost directly related nature and spring to innocence and pureness. Our favorite line from the poem is "Nature's first green is gold" and "Nothing gold can stay" because it ties together the entire theme, and it has a deeper meaning than it actually appears.
, the title of the poem contains a significant metaphor. This is because gold represents value and wealth, and precious material possessions are not meant to stay forever. Everything we value as emotional and sentimental eventually goes away, and we felt that the poem held an important meaning.
"Nothing Gold Can Stay"
By: Robert Frost
Elizabeth Na and Dakota Mulvihill
Mood and Tone
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Shmoop Editorial Team. "Nothing Gold Can Stay Theme of Transience." Shmoop.com. Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 13 May 2015.
The mood and tone of "Nothing Gold Can Stay" is thoughtful and meaningful because the poem explains that the pure and good things in life aren't meant to stay forever. The poem states, "Nature's first green is gold, her hardest hue to hold." This means that the "green" of spring and nature is precious, and it's also the hardest to keep. This relates to our lives because innocence and youth (our gold) is the hardest to hold on to, and it disappears before we know it.
, Frost writes, "Her early leaf's a flower; but only so an hour." This relates to the mood and tone because the leaf can only be a flower for a limited amount of time (related to life as well).