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Analysis and comments on Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost

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Comment 180 of 720, added on September 16th, 2005 at 4:19 PM.

i just finished reading The Outsiders with my 8th grade english class. i
loved the book. when i read the poem Nothing Gold Can Stay i didn't know
what it meant. we discussed it in class and then i knew it. It means both
young and innocence/purity. nothing young can stay just like nothing gold
can. innocence/purity don't last forever either. we all have to grow up. it
is the cycle of life. we just need to enjoy the time we have being young
and grasp every minute of life. I think that is what johnny meant when he
told Ponyboy to "stay gold". he meant enjoy being young and don't try to
grow up to fast.this is a great poem!!!

emily from United States
Comment 179 of 720, added on September 14th, 2005 at 2:29 AM.

I personally dislike his poetry... i find it extremely confusing!!!!!

Carly from New Zealand
Comment 178 of 720, added on September 13th, 2005 at 3:16 PM.

I read this poem in 7th grade and i love it!I think that gold means
innocence and purity.Read it you are going to love it too like evryone
else!

Marisol from El Salvador
Comment 177 of 720, added on September 9th, 2005 at 12:05 PM.

I think this poem has more to it than just being young. Who doesn't
remember their grandparents as being gold? I certainly do. It was their
unconditional love that set them apart from my parents. They loved me for
who I was versus who they wanted me to be. I believe things, events,
relationships are gold when they are their most simple. A walk, exercise, a
good book, or simple love...anything that commits to the self or others. I
remember when in school I made about 20 times less money than I do now. But
I now look back on those times as gold. I wonder what my rush was. I have
piled gobs on responsibility on myself and I wonder if this rushing around
is doing my kids any good. The more we mess with the simple, the less
"gold" events we attain. Winnie the Pooh had it right. Just a simple bear
with a simple brain, yet he usually gets it right. Pooh was gold. Stay
simple in life and stay gold.

Kevin from United States
Comment 176 of 720, added on September 8th, 2005 at 10:41 AM.

This poem to meanns that w/in a second life could change and there's
nothing anyone can do about it. I write my own poems and it's not the
easiest thing in world to do. I've also had to memorize this poem in school
for a grade and it's hard to do if it's nothing you wrote.

Teresa from United States
Comment 175 of 720, added on August 30th, 2005 at 11:59 AM.

i love this poem, it is so special to me. A deep meaning it has.

Andrew J. from United States
Comment 174 of 720, added on August 29th, 2005 at 7:18 AM.

I only want to say that i love this poem of Robert Frost!!!
Here in Germany I had read it the first time in an english-lesson.
Sometimes you learn things in school you really like,but only sometimes...
I can say that i love my english teacher in that moment he shows us this
poem!
Really thanks!
Sarah...

Phalaenopsis from Germany
Comment 173 of 720, added on August 24th, 2005 at 12:56 PM.

hey yall!! i just wanna say dat this poem is da best! i just read it for
summer homework for my ap class and i loved it!! AT first i didnt quite
understand wat was up wit da leafs and da gold. But once i read it again it
hit me on how it's about life and how one should enjoy it now dat u can cuz
you never know when the dawn for you is gonna come. So stay GOLD as long as
you can alright everyone!:)
P.S. i recommend To the Virgins, to Make the Most of Time, by Robert
Herrick, it's a great poem.

yeni from United States
Comment 172 of 720, added on August 23rd, 2005 at 4:12 PM.

This is an awesome poem. I agree with everyones comments on it. ( About how
your gold when you're young but you cant be young forever.) But to me it's
more then just youth. Nothing lasts forever whether it's love, friendships,
or something like a material possesion. "Nothing gold can stay" so just
appreciate it while you have it.

Sam from United States
Comment 171 of 720, added on August 12th, 2005 at 11:34 PM.

I love this poem. I've read "The Outsiders" and I have to say that I used
to think that "gold" = youth until I had to write a paper for my English
class. I interviewed a good friend of mine for the assignment, and had the
difficult task of trying to tie her tragic childhood in with her
well-adjusted teenage years, and the metaphor I used was nothing gold can
stay. This poem suddenly meant something different to me when I
comtemplated it within the context of someone else's life. I think that
the "gold" is actually innocence and na´vetÚ, and the bliss and happiness
that result. So in that way, one does not necessarily have to be young to
have "gold", though it is more likely than not, and one is not guarenteed
"gold" when one is young. Robert Frost has it right either way, gold is
inevitably lost with the very passing of time. Which makes Sodapop's
advice to Ponyboy all the more exquisite; "Stay Gold" is almost like saying
"defy time, defy logic, hold onto that which resides within yourself and
keeps you pure and innocent" I love it; it's such an idealistic thing to
say. If anyone ever gets the chance to watch a sunrise over a lake, or
beter yet, the ocean, say this poem quietly to yourself; it's amazing.

Megan 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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