It was published in a collection called New Hampshire the same year, which would later win the Pulitzer Prize. Frost is well-known for using depictions of rural life to explore wider social and philosophical themes. Select any word below to get its definition in the context of the poem. The words are listed in the order in which they appear in the poem. A Reading by the Poet — Listen to Frost performing his poem live. More Poems by the Author — A selection of poems by Frost, plus a more detailed biography of the poet. Video Biography — A short video biography summarising the poet's life and career highlights. Acquainted with the Night. After Apple-Picking. Fire and Ice.
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Nothing Gold Can Stay
Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay. National Poetry Month. Materials for Teachers Teach This Poem. Poems for Kids. Poetry for Teens. Lesson Plans. Resources for Teachers. Academy of American Poets.
The Full Text of “Nothing Gold Can Stay”
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Andrew has a keen interest in all aspects of poetry and writes extensively on the subject. His poems are published online and in print. Nothing Gold Can Stay is a short poem of eight lines that contains subtle yet profound messages within metaphor, paradox and allegory. It is a compressed piece of work in which each word and sound plays its part in full. 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. 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. When the leaves start to show in the season of spring they are perceived as gold, but soon turn to familiar green and before too long they're fading as victims of time. 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.