Robert Frost

(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963 / San Francisco)

Nothing Gold Can Stay - Poem by Robert Frost

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
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Comments about Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost

  • Rookie Karthik Madhira (4/28/2013 7:04:00 PM)

    This really affects my heart. The extended metaphor is fabulously expressed through the brilliant vocabulary and organization. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Ryann Harrington (3/26/2013 9:08:00 PM)

    My favorite poem!
    I will always stay gold! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 18 Points Natasha Foster (3/20/2013 11:02:00 AM)

    One of the only poems I have memorized. :) (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 16,408 Points * Sunprincess * (10/31/2012 12:50:00 AM)

    so the waterfalls flow down through the rivers to the ocean..nothing gold can stay..fabulous.. :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Show Me The Glint Of Light On Broken Glass (8/31/2012 3:29:00 PM)

    stay golden ponyboy (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Lyly Figueroa (5/16/2012 8:48:00 PM)

    This poem is saying, you may love something/someone and adore it. But sometimes they have to go. For a bad reason or a good reason. -Lyly Figueroa (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Lorenz Sapungan (5/3/2012 8:07:00 AM)

    Nature's first green is gold,
    Her hardest hue to hold. - early spring - Hope

    Her early leaf's a flower;
    But only so an hour.- Summer -Happiness

    Then leaf subsides to leaf, - Fall- sadness

    So Eden sank to grief, - Winter- Sorrow

    So dawn goes down to day
    Nothing gold can stay. - Life's go on (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sam Baig (4/30/2012 7:59:00 PM)

    Poems interest me very much, so I would say Robert Frost is my number 1 poet following that is Emily Dickinson. I also agree with Rebecca Weall. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Turner Paquette (4/11/2012 11:29:00 PM)

    All of you are saying that the peom is too plain in the reference to the beauty of nature, but if you actually do your research on the peom it is referring the bible and the garden of Eden. The garden was beautiful until it was messed with. Hence the beauty of nature is at the peak when it's new, untouched by people or weathered away by the elements. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sarah H (7/28/2010 12:58:00 AM)

    I'm afraid I strongly disagree that this poem is banal and trite..it's anything but! It's simple and to the point and as someone that is REALLY tired of seeing writers over complicate issues, this it is very much appreciated and enjoyed. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Yacov Mitchenko (6/2/2010 12:10:00 AM)

    I'm in disagreement with many readers that this is a great poem. It's well executed, I suppose, but the message is SO banal and trite. What is the poem saying? Simply that anything at its peak - in this case, some extremely beautiful aspect of nature - will inevitably pass away. Perhaps latent in the poem is that whatever beauty passes away will in its passing allow for new manifestations of beauty. This is fine, but it has been said ad nauseum. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Andrew Hoellering (6/24/2009 3:33:00 PM)

    We all seem to agree that this is a great poem.
    Frost, the poet of nature, turns out also to be a philosopher.
    The first green represents not just youth but beauty in all its forms; a child, a foal, a loving relationship, the birth of a new day.
    That 'leaf subsides to leaf ' should be seen not as a tragedy, but rather as a disinterested statement of the way things are, the whole cyclical process captured in eight magical lines. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Margaret Atkinson (6/5/2009 7:12:00 AM)

    I think Mr. Frost is trying to say that when your a kid everything is new it's 'gold' but as you get older more things happen things start to turn older and grow 'green' turn from 'dawn to day'. Its like when a kid, like me, gets a new Christmas present like a camara. You play with it for a day because its new 'gold' but as you play with it it starts to turn old 'green'. Mr. Frost is a genius. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Emily Heath (10/9/2008 8:45:00 PM)

    Robert Frost is a genius for writing this. This peom is my absolute favorite poem I have ever read. It inspires me to write about everything I feel like and to live life to the fullest. I was so shocked to read it in The Outsiders I nearly fell out of my chair. I am so glad that shuch a great poem was honored by being put into such a good book. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Maddi S (1/19/2008 6:28:00 PM)

    I love this poem. I think about it all the time. To me, depending on the day, i get either 'enjoy your youth while it is yours' or 'all good things come to an end', which to some people are very similar. But its not jsut the messages in Frost's poems, its his writing style - the imagery, emotion, and thought stimulation that one can get from so few words.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Saba Ali (5/10/2007 12:17:00 PM)

    this is one of Frost's most beautiful poems where he symbolises the human nature and cycle with the trees and flowers....it takes sometime to really understand this poem...its just so beautiful.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Chantelle Clark (4/21/2006 8:39:00 PM)

    This poem is in the book The Outsiders. I agree with Rebecca Weall. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Rebecca Weall (3/23/2006 5:51:00 AM)

    I think this poem is about cherishing your youth and staying young for as long as you can. When you're a child your gold, you're young and innocent. and this is the shortest part of our life, her hardest hue to hold, but as we grow older we start to wither and die, then leaf subsides to leaf, meaning that when we are young we are gold, perfect, and we should try to stay like this for as long as we can (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Robbie Mckernan (8/21/2005 2:59:00 PM)

    I think this poem represents spring and new beginnings that are often easy but get harder then are finnaly crushed. (Report) Reply










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