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Analysis and comments on Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost

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Comment 255 of 765, added on April 4th, 2006 at 5:55 PM.

it is so true that once youve got something you have to cherish it while it
lasts because nothing beautiful can stay forever.

ad from United States
Comment 254 of 765, added on April 3rd, 2006 at 1:43 PM.

this one of my favorites, but I never understood the line: Her early leaf's
a flower... Then a friend told me that the yellow (gold) flower might be
forsythia, which has yellow blooms before it has any green leaves. just

jennie from United States
Comment 253 of 765, added on March 30th, 2006 at 8:32 PM.

yeh its true everything slowly disappears.

Josh from Australia
Comment 252 of 765, added on March 24th, 2006 at 12:53 AM.

I've been reading Robert Frost for hours tonight, and this is the first
poem I've left a comment about- it's so all-encompassing, it's amazing. I
love how he uses nature because we are a part of the nature God's given us
and adhere to its rules with everything else in it.

Allie from United States
Comment 251 of 765, added on March 23rd, 2006 at 10:43 AM.

This poem basically summarizes life. It has a simple message: nothing can
stay good forever and everything is going to change eventually. It's
extended metaphor is things in a forest. Like leaves and how the morning
ends and is only there for a short period of time. It could be sad, like
Eden sinking to grief, but it doesn't have to be. That's just one opinion.

Jenna from United Kingdom
Comment 250 of 765, added on March 21st, 2006 at 6:24 AM.

this poem is about the Innocence of children, some say is characterized as
being 'golden' and how it too, must end in time. & how none it stays for
very long, the tone Robert Frost writes in gives us this overwelming sad
It tells us to cherish ppl and things around us so we don't regret when we
lose it !
This is found in the novel the outsiders where i suppose many teenagers had
read it . well i really recommend to those who hopes to read a interesting
and heart touching kind of novel..

chieh-ling_zhss(2e5)_2k06 from Singapore
Comment 249 of 765, added on March 17th, 2006 at 8:33 PM.

Nothing gold can stay is a very meaningful poem.It tells us that good
things never last for long,thus we must not take things for granted,
instead we should learn to appreciate things around us, LIVING LIVES TO THE
FULLEST, with no regrets!

Agnes from Singapore
Comment 248 of 765, added on March 17th, 2006 at 1:35 AM.

This is a very nice poem.It tells us that innocence and youth is like
gold,it is very precious but because it is so precious,it is
short-lived.Thus we must learn how to appreciate things and not take things
for granted

Belinda from Singapore
Comment 247 of 765, 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

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

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 765, 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

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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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