Poets | Poem of the Day | Top 40 | Search | Comments | Privacy
August 19th, 2017 - we have 234 poets, 8,025 poems and 326,437 comments.
Analysis and comments on Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 
21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 
41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 [52] 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 
61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 

Comment 250 of 760, 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 760, 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 760, 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 760, 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 760, 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 760, 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 760, 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

Comment 243 of 760, 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 760, 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 760, 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

This poem has been commented on more than 10 times. Click below to see the other comments.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 
21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 
41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 [52] 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 
61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 
Share |

Information about Nothing Gold Can Stay

Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 21. Nothing Gold Can Stay
Volume: New Hampshire
Year: 1923
Added: Feb 1 2004
Viewed: 171 times
Poem of the Day: Mar 12 2004

Add Comment

Do you have any comments, criticism, paraphrasis or analysis of this poem that you feel would assist other visitors in understanding this poem better? If they are accepted, they will be added to this page of American Poems. Together we can build a wealth of information, but it will take some discipline and determination.

Do not post questions, pleas for homework help or anything of the sort, as these types of comments will be removed. The proper place for questions is the poetry forum.

Please note that after you post a comment, it can take up to an hour before it is visible on the website! Rest assured that your comment is not lost, so don't enter your comment again.

Comment on: 21. Nothing Gold Can Stay
By: Robert Frost

Name: (required)
E-mail Address: (required)
Show E-mail Address:
Yes No
Poem Comments:

Poem Info

Frost Info
Copyright © 2000-2015 Gunnar Bengtsson. All Rights Reserved. Links