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Nothing Gold Can Stay: Robert Frost
By: Kate Riddle

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Nothing gold can stay

  1. 1. Nothing Gold Can Stay By: Robert Frost Kate Riddle
  2. 2. <ul><li>Nature's first green is gold 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Her hardest hue to hold. </li></ul><ul><li>Her early leaf's a flower; </li></ul><ul><li>But only so an hour. 4 </li></ul><ul><li>Then leaf subsides to leaf. </li></ul><ul><li>So Eden sank to grief, </li></ul><ul><li>So dawn goes down to day. </li></ul><ul><li>Nothing gold can stay. 8 </li></ul>
  3. 3. Structure <ul><li>Rhyme Scheme: AABBCCDD </li></ul><ul><li>Diction: Simple, no word is longer than 2 syllables </li></ul><ul><li>Meter: short trimeter, contributes to the shortness of the poem </li></ul>
  4. 4. Nature Imagery <ul><li>“ Nature’s first green is gold” (ln 1) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>As vegetation begins to bloom, it holds a golden hue. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Also reveals that some things begin as “gold,” or wonderful in being. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Early leaf’s a flower; but only so an hour” (ln 3-4) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The first stage of something is beautiful, but appearances fade quickly. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Nature Imagery Con’t <ul><li>“ Then leaf subsides to leaf” (ln 5) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Repetition of “leaf” affirms that the leaf lasts longer than the short bloom of the flower. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The appearance of something may change, but there are parts of it that may remain the same. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Nature Imagery Con’t <ul><li>“ So down goes down to day.” (ln 7) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shifts focus from seasons to a short day. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nothing is permanent. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Life is a cycle of constant change. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some changes last longer than others. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Contrasts <ul><li>“ green/gold” (ln 1) </li></ul><ul><li>“ leaf/flower” (ln 3) </li></ul><ul><li>“ dawn/day” (ln 7) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Each contrasts shows progression. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The second word was the first at some point. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasizes that appearances change, yet the original value of something does not. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Literary Devices <ul><li>Personification: Nature is addressed as a female. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Nature’s first…Her early leaf” (ln 1-2) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Symbolizes the nurturing aspect of Mother Nature </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Allusion: Frost alludes to the fall of Eden in the bible. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ So Eden sank to grief” (ln 6) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Theological value to poem: Life brings bliss and inevitable hardships. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Literary Devices Con’t <ul><li>Alliteration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Nature’s first g reen is g old” (ln 1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ H er h ardest h ue to h old” (ln 2) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ So d awn goes d own to d ay” (ln 7) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Alliteration adds emphasis to the first sound of the words while keeping the poem flowing. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Frost’s use of alliteration reaffirms the inevitable result of progression and change: appearances are temporary. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Time and Space <ul><li>“ But only so an hour” (ln 4) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasizes the brevity of gold . </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ So Eden sank to grief” (ln 6) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>References something from the beginning of time. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Change has been happening forever. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ So dawn goes down to day” (ln 7) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Everyday we can find changes in the natural world. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Natural vs. Manmade <ul><li>“ Green/Gold” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Depending on how these words are read, green may represent natural beauty which is always present. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gold is something discovered and longed for by men. The joys of wealth are brief. True happiness finds appreciation in the green (natural world) as well. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. The Jist <ul><li>Appearances, wealth, and youth are temporary. </li></ul><ul><li>Only the natural essence of something is timeless. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A person is the same person no matter how much they age. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A tree is the same tree through every season. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It is hard to maintain wealth, but one cannot be truly happy if he only appreciates the appearance of wealth. He must seek happiness is things that are natural and steadfast. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Evaluating the Poem <ul><li>Purpose: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To tell readers that change in their lives inevitable and ultimately necessary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To help the reader take a closer look at the changes in the world around them that occur daily, monthly, and yearly </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Evaluating the Poem <ul><li>How fully does the poem accomplish the purpose? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Very well through the use of imagery, contrasts, and literary devises </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How important is the purpose? (to me) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Important to me because I am able to understand change and appreciate each transition, or phase of that change. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good things last forever, even if their exteriors fade away. </li></ul></ul>