Comment 62 of 760, added on March 5th, 2005 at 8:13 PM.
When I first came across this poem while reading The Outsiders, I was so
fascinated by it. Initially I may not know the analysis of the poem; yet,
it gave me such an appealing feeling, which made me feel that this poem is
certainly about life. And true enough, I was proven correctly after some of
my classmates and Mrs Lum went through the poem.
However, my analysis of this poem is quite different from what my
classmates had done. I would like to share my opinion, even though it may
not sound appropriate for some people. I described it two lines by two
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.
~Every opportunity that first came to you is rare. We have to cherish it.
There is also a certain difficulty to hold the chance, or after you’ve
taken up the chance.
~Even though each opportunity is mesmerizing, being it able to create
miracles, beautiful images in our lives or give you general knowledge, it
vanishes very abruptly.
~So, here comes each opportunity, each hurdle and each challenge for you to
take up. It may be stressful on you, but allows you to learn something. If
you do not have determination, timid to take up the challenge, you will
thus learn nothing. And learning nothing may cost you a lot in your life.
You may lose many things due to inexperience and therefore become sad.
~If you succeed in handling your challenges, crossing the hurdles, taking
up the opportunities, this may not be an end. As nothing good will stay
permanently. This also shows that another new challenge is awaiting for
you… It also means that not every opportunity will wait for you to take it
up. So you have to react fast.
I admit my analysis is not as good as what the class had gone through, but
it certainly taught me on cherishing every opportunity and determined to
strive on even though I meet any difficulties in life. On the other hand, I
also should not take anything for granted as success is only part of life.
There is still a long way to go, regardless there is good or bad things
On the other hand I was really amazed by the analysis given by the class.
It represents our innocence. It is hard to maintain our innocence as we
grow up. I had really realized that my innocence is gradually disappearing.
I am no longer so observant of the things around me, thus I lose the chance
of cherishing it. Hence this has taught me to value the ones I loved, the
ones that loved me, and every single people around me, regardless I dislike
them or not. This is because, they are part of my life. Without their
existence, my life would not be complete. Everything lovely, for example
the one we loved, the nature’s beauty which reflects on life, will soon
come to an end. Meaning, people will soon die, nature may soon vanish. We
may not know what will happen, thus we should really cherish every single
thing we have and not take them for granted. Lastly I would like to end of
this comment with a quote, “Don't cry because it ended; smile because it
happened.” When something good happened, and has to come to an end, though
reluctant we have to be contented on what we’ve got…