This is compressed piece of poem where profound idea is simply put into the childlike rhyming words. The poem is about the fleeting nature of beauty and innocence. It is of course a fleeting beauty; the seasons will inevitably march on. It's an innocent way of looking at a complicated social situation - as if beauty could bridge the social war. While hiding from the law in an abandoned church, Ponyboy and Johnny wake to see a gorgeous sunrise.
N G G H H H: O L F O S O L S L O S G D D D N G S The arrangement down the center of the S-initial words is striking, as is the triangular placement of the L-initial ones. In terms of the two parallel paradoxes, we find the green which appears as gold becoming the real green of leaf; the leaf which appears to be flower with all the possible color of flower becomes the true green of leaf. Plants sprout, bud, grow, wither, and die. Our whole human experience makes us aware that dawn is tentative, lovely, but incomplete and evanescent. Just as the dawn, beautiful and unique, must always give way to daylight, beauty must always be replaced by something else.
In this case, it is true if you understand that 'gold' is a symbol. What he means by this is that things may start out good, but they will not always last. Metaphorically, that early beauty endures for such a brief and fleeting time that it could seem like it only really lasts for an instant. It is impossible to keep a plant green forever, as any gardener knows. Thereafter leaf is no more a flower; it is only a withered leaf.
You might find, reading the poem out loud, that the rhythm makes it sound sing-songy, similar to a nursery rhyme. Frost is saying that the first green of spring is extremely beautiful and precious. So Eden sank to grief, Here, he makes a biblical reference — that to the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve first lived. Also, the use of the words green and gold allow the reader to picture a peaceful spring morning when the sun has just risen and given the dew struck leaves and grass a golden glow. All the things are transitory in nature. Hence green is a theory or sign of spring; gold is the fact. So the shortness of the poem is also expressive of its sense.
A multi-volume series of his Collected Letters is now in production, with the first volume appearing in 2014 and the second in 2016. Nutt, 1914, Hot, 1915, reprinted, Dodd, 1977. When such sunlight falls on the leaves, they appear golden to the eye as well. The fleetingness of gold, which is the symbol of wealth, has been emphasized in the poem. The Socs are middle class or well off, coming from strong family units and more nurturing living environments. Line 3 This line of the poem is both a statement of fact and a metaphor.
To celebrate his first publication, Frost had a book of six poems privately printed; two copies of Twilight were made—one for himself and one for his fiancee. Her early leaf's a flower; 4. This A-A-A-B pattern is matched also in the second quatrain where the first three lines all have the structure Adverb + Noun + Verb + Preposition + Noun, again with a contrasting fourth line. Gold symbolizes materialism, it would not last for long and it will give a false sense of security and happiness. In Robert Frost's poem 'Nothing Gold Can Stay', he describes the transient nature of the beautiful and the innocent. Alliteration also helps to associate thematically the key words Green and Gold, not only with each other but both also with Grief, just as the rhyme scheme links Leaf and Grief. The use of subsides is interesting because this denotes that the poet places the green leaf on a lower level than the golden leaf.
Only the first and last lines seem not to cohere alliteratively with the other lines, but this very lack of coherence, coupled with the lines' initial N and medial G, tends to unite them with each other as does the recurrent word Gold, which appears only in these first and last lines and is, along with Leaf, the only recurrent stress-bearing word. Then the speaker continues to state that gold is the hardest hue to hold. Hinton uses the Frost poem as an allegory, or extended metaphor, for the childhoods of Ponyboy and Johnny, possibly even for all of the Greasers, and how their innocence cannot last. There is an array of bright and light colors. He became interested in reading and writing poetry during his high school years in Lawrence, enrolled at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, in 1892, and later at Harvard University in Boston, though he never earned a formal college degree. Though Frost allied himself with no literary school or movement, the imagists helped at the start to promote his American reputation. Whether such a division is made or not, the total effect of the poem is very impressive.
Poetry: A Magazine of Verse published his work before others began to clamor for it. If you've ever seen the golden buds of a willow tree in early spring, or woken up before dawn to watch the hues of a sunrise, or even fallen in and out of love, you know that nothing gold can stay. Instead of being all about the benjamins, this poem is more about gold as a symbol of youth and beauty. So dawn goes down to day. Even our memory will distort it with age. From Naturalist to Philosopher As the Friends of Robert Frost at the Robert Frost Stone House Museum in Vermont point out, the description of colors in the first lines of this poem is a literal depiction of the spring budding of willow and maple trees, whose leaf buds appear very briefly as golden-colored before they mature to the green of actual leaves.
This poem takes these moments of our lives and puts them into a short, fleeting poem that's pure gold through and through. Peterson, Sarah Busick, and Tori Hall Ms. All things must also be as limited. Hence, the transition happens quickly, and this colour is the hardest to hold. Then leaf subsides to leaf. Nothing Gold Can Stay is an example of condensation in form and style.