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Comment 247 of 617, added on March 16th, 2006 at 5:38 AM.

This poem explores the impermanence of things and how the poet himself has
used the changes that occur in Mother Nautre to reflect upon that. The
impermanence of things refer to the transient or the temporary nature of
things, emphasising that things do not always last forever.
As the saying goes, good things must come to the end. Or, nothing gold can
stay!

The theme of the loss innoncence, which is a biblical reference to the fall
of man in the Garden of Eden, (between Adam and Eve) is another point in
which is reflected by S.E.Hinton in 'The Outsiders'.

In this short but powerful stanza, we see Robert Frost's perspective of how
beauty, though radient, is impermanent. For example 'Her early leafs a
flower, But only so an hour'. The first leaf is like a flower, but again,
it only lasts for a short time, and the falling of leaves is likened to the
fall of humanity, which parallels the loss of innocence of the boys in 'The
Outsiders'

In conclusion, Innocence and youth is like gold, so valuable and precious,
but yet, so fragile and easily lost.

Andrea C. [2E5'06] from Singapore
Comment 246 of 617, added on March 15th, 2006 at 6:09 PM.

This poem is written for a broad audience those who cease to capture the
poem’s theme. The poet uses a variety of figurative language such as
“Nature’s first green is Gold” and “Nothing gold can stay” representing a
message of symbolism to be revealed. He uses this effective symbolism to
portray his hidden purpose to inspire interruption “change is inevitable
and those who embrace a valuable as precious as that of gold should relish
and appreciate its treasures until tomorrow doesn’t come.” The persona
speaking the thoughts and ideas seems to be Frost himself and not that of a
fixed character. He uses sound devices to add interest and excitement for
his readers for instance “Her hardest hue to hold” and “So dawn goes down
to day” these lines create euphony, the sound that repeats it’s self is “h”
and “d” enabling pleasure to the ear. Metaphors can be seen for example
“Then leaf subsides to leaf” and “Her early leaf’s a flower”. The
strategies and techniques he used to imply his theme are very interesting
and reflective. He uses nature as an instrument to play when comparing the
season change to that of our own lives, where summer dies and transitions
into fall which will never be quite the same. We can analyse this as that
the importance of a specific substance will not last forever. Furthermore
this poem is effective and meaningful when taken into careful
consideration, thank you for the insight and inspiration.

Rebecka from Canada
Comment 245 of 617, added on March 15th, 2006 at 7:19 AM.

nothing gold can stay is a very meaningful poem.
it is so true that no good things can stay. life will have to go on someday
no matter what. the way robert frost portrayed this fact is unique and
intellectual. he used nature and the four different seasons to describe.
the meaning of this poem goes way deep down and i really enjoyed this poem.
treasure whatever you have now as it wouldn't last forever. :p
p.s. cherish!!

yuting=D from Singapore
Comment 244 of 617, added on March 15th, 2006 at 1:09 AM.

I really enjoyed this poem.Basicallly its telling people things do not last
long.It is interesting how Robert used nature as a tool to represent this.
It also tells about the loss of the innocence of men;using the Bible story
Adam and Eve.We should always cherish wat we have before it is gone. I'm
also surprised to see my classmates giving comments.
Hey Jackson Loh, do u have to repeat wat u say?? haz

J.a.l.
Comment 243 of 617, added on March 15th, 2006 at 12:31 AM.

This peom is mainly about the imperance of things that do not last
forever.It kind of means that we have to treasure happiness in life as it
is usually short -lived. It has a connection to "The Outsiders " too,ppl
should read this book.

Jaf from Singapore
Comment 242 of 617, added on March 15th, 2006 at 12:21 AM.

the poem tells us about how short happiness can be in our life like how
gold can't stay.Our life is precious and valuable we must not have any
doubts about t.

jackson loh from Singapore
Comment 241 of 617, added on March 13th, 2006 at 9:50 PM.

Nothing Gold Can Stay is simply stating that this world is everchanging and
always will be. Knowing, and appreciating this fact will bless our lives in
that, we will savor and enjoy every moments to its absolute fullest. We
will stop in the woods on a snowy evening to bask in the silence and beauty
there (even though we have miles to go before we sleep) because seizing the
beautiful moments at even the strangest times is what's going to help us
live a life without regret.

Laura from United States
Comment 240 of 617, added on March 13th, 2006 at 7:41 AM.

continue~

lastly, i learn that we ought to cherish every single thing we have. gold,
it might be. but it can just fall off as leaves fall off day, by day.

we should live life to the fullest, be contented with whatever we have as
we learn to cherish them. once something is gone, it might not be able to
return to us once again. with this, i hope every one who have read the
poem benifit in one way or another. most importantly, learn that nothing in
life can stay forever and ever.

w.kaiwen_zhss_2e5'06 from Singapore
Comment 239 of 617, added on March 13th, 2006 at 7:20 AM.

nothing gold can stay. it is a poem which acutally means alot. though i
have to confess that at first, i didnt really think this poem was of which
any influenced. but as mrs lum and classmates and my group starts to
evaluate the poem slowly, it meant of great influenced to me. it might
sound rather profound at first, but it has hidden meanings behind.
firstly, i find this poem a poem to wake me up. nothing can stay forever
and ever. we have to learn to cherish whatever we have in our life now
before we lose it. it maybe too late after we lose whatever we did not
cherish before.
secondly, every one makes mistakes. but being youthful and young, we are
able to correct ourselves.

w.kaiwen_zhss_2e5'06 from Singapore
Comment 238 of 617, added on March 8th, 2006 at 6:35 PM.

i had him last night will you come tonight

Kistie from United States

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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 21. Nothing Gold Can Stay
Volume: New Hampshire
Year: 1923
Added: Feb 1 2004
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Poem of the Day: Mar 12 2004


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