Poem of the Week: “Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Robert Frost

In honor of the glorious autumn weather that we are enjoying, our poem of the week pays homage to fall.  Many of you may recognize this Robert Frost poem from a passage in S.E. Hinton’s classic YA novel, The Outsiders:

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leafs 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.

What stands out to you about this poem?  What do you notice?  What connections or shades of meaning do you see in it?  Share your responses/reactions/musings on this poem with us!

*Note:  This is NOT an exercise in poetry explication!  However, *if * anyone is dying to read a little literary criticism on the poem, try this page or read this article from Poetry for Students in the GALE Virtual Reference Library (password required).


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