Nothing Gold Can Stay - Analysis

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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. Nothing gold can stay by Robert Frost The poem “Nothing gold can stay” by Robert Frost published in 1923 encompasses the melancholic paradox existence of certain elements in nature that are impermanent but too desirable to have to leave. It was first published in The Yale Review and was the catalyst for Frost’s positive reception among critics which got him the Pulitzer prize. The poem is divided up into 8 lines, and consists of 6 syllables in every verse with the exception of verses 3 and 8. The poem starts with a description of the blooming nature of spring and its golden colour. It then Hcontinues to describe that this unusual colour may not stay and slowly the colours change from season to season. It describes the existence of flowers in the beginning which then turn into leaves, and finally ends it off with saying that Eden sinks to grief, a metaphoric image of the world descending into darkness. The poem has an interesting structure which is introduced in the first 2 lines. At first, Frost claims that nature’s first green is gold. In this matter he describes the first spring flowers, and how they do not exhibit the stereotypical color of green that one connects to nature and plants. He chooses to use the word “gold” here because it has a connotation of rarity and exquisite beauty, contrasting to the mundane green. He then follows this line by saying “her hardest hue to hold.” By this he clearly outlines the apparently struggle nature has to try and keep this miraculous beauty. He delves into a philosophical theme of retaining beauty that is impermanent. This theme is then repeated in lines 3 and 4, when he describes the first leaf as being a
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