The leaf now transforms into a flower, that is, it represents the transient state of life, fleeting existence. A metaphor nevertheless, gold being that most precious thing, of most value. Both of these ideas are fleeting and cannot last forever. In that, literal, respect, the statement is completely accurate.
Frost is saying that sunrise is only a temporary, limited time. It may be significant that the last couplet of the poem is the only one where the lines do not end in a consonant, so that the open syllable yields an open ended finale, or trailing-off effect.
It is impossible to keep a plant green forever, as any gardener knows. As with many a Frost poem, close observation of the natural world is the foundation for building poetic truths, inside of which lie hidden messages and ideas.
The rhymes coming at the end of each line in couplets, following a pattern: This combination is crucial in importance as it underlines the idea that life is a transient thing, fleeting, and not what it seems.
This pattern thereby not only unifies internally the first and the second four lines, but its repetitiveness also binds the two quatrains together, as did the alliterative devices discussed earlier. It is a compressed piece of work in which each word and sound plays its part in full.
Eden - how humans experience grief and shame. The green-gold leaves darken quickly, a change that symbolizes the brevity of all ideal heights.
The "Nothing" of the last line, repeated from the title, receives special emphasis; the gold that cannot stay comes to represent all perfections. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. In winter, life is buried under a sea of white.
These same lines contain copulas that link contrastive terms green with gold, leaf with flowerand in each instance a "pay-off" in the subsequent line concludes the necessary transience of these contradictory equivalences. He believes that this is true of all things found in nature.
The fall of the leaves is connected to the Fall of Man, when "Eden sank to grief. Metaphorically, the writer is saying that the earliest leaves are as beautiful as a flower. Willige claims that if there are "irregularities" of rhythm in a Frost poem, "they are likely to appear in the first line as if the poet had not yet caught its pace.
In the first half of the poem, each couplet constitutes a complete clause matching the rhyme structure and diminishing the end-stopped effectbut the second half contrasts with the first in that each line is a complete clause.
The version discussed above is widely recognized to be most complete. Notice that only the odd-numbered lines of the poem have verbs marked with the third singular ending -s although all words in rhyme are inflectionally bare. All things must also be as limited.
In the final line, the poet drives home his point. The first and the last stress of the poem are both on the nucleus ej.
While in England, Frost also established a friendship with the poet Ezra Poundwho helped to promote and publish his work. And yet such an expansion is, as we have just seen, not without precedent in American nature writing: Lines one and three of the first quatrain, containing the nearly synonymous first and early, are each affirmations eroded by the following lines.
There are no words in this piece with more than three syllables, for instance. Written when Frost was 48 years old, an experienced poet, whose life had known grief and family tragedy, the poem focuses on the inevitability of loss - how nature, time and mythology are all subject to cycles.
Line 3 This line of the poem is both a statement of fact and a metaphor. For how can green be gold? Each part of cycle brings a new aesthetic that is both new and familiar, different and the same. Just as the dawn, beautiful and unique, must always give way to daylight, beauty must always be replaced by something else.
Line 7 The inevitability of decay is emphasized in this line. Further Analysis Line By Line Lines 1 - 4 A simple observation is given a twist in the first line, as the emerging shoots of green turn into gold, either a trick of the sunlight or perceived impression.
The back round diphthongs underlying round vowels in the abstract vowel structure of Chomsky and Halle at the ends of lines one through four bind those lines into a unit, as do the front rising diphthongs underlying front vowels at the ends of the second four lines.
The author of searching and often dark meditations on universal themes, he is a quintessentially modern poet in his adherence to language as it is actually spoken, in the psychological complexity of his portraits, and in the degree to which his work is infused with layers of ambiguity and irony.This poem, Nothing Gold Can Stay, by Robert Frost, is about the impermanence of life.
It describes the fleeting nature of beauty by discussing time’s. Nothing Gold Can Stay. 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. Robert Frost - Floating Quote - Nothing Gold Can Stay - Nature’s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower But only so an hour. leaf subsides to leaf. The Academy of American Poets is the largest membership-based nonprofit organization fostering an appreciation for contemporary poetry and supporting American poets.
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Notes on reading Robert Frost’s poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” an extremely compressed lyric on the evanescence of value and the inevitability of a fall, from his collection, New Hampshire.
"Nothing Gold Can Stay" is hard to describe in a nutshell, because, well, it's somewhat of a nutshell in itself.
It demonstrates one of the main reasons why its writer, Robert Frost, was able to create so many enduring poems: he had a knack for summing up the whole world in a few elegant little.Download