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;
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.


Comments about Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost

  • (11/13/2017 4:17:00 PM)


    I watched the outsiders and I herd the poem I love it (Report) Reply

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  • Rogelio Guillermo (10/22/2017 2:28:00 AM)


    Gold will turn to black... (Report) Reply

  • (8/22/2017 2:18:00 PM)


    Its true that nothing lasts forever...Frost is an amazing poet (Report) Reply

  • (7/30/2017 8:28:00 AM)


    wonderful poet of nature. (Report) Reply

  • The Poet Poet (4/1/2017 9:54:00 AM)


    short sweet and simple as it comes in a farmers way out in the wilderness sine mornings in May as spring springs and summer comes in lovely flowers does nature display Frost does say Believe him you may as in the country he does stay you in cemented forests alone on buildings with multi floors 87 plus in NEW EMPIRE STATE BUILDING NEW YORK all can't reach the last floor/// I knocked at the door (Report) Reply

  • (2/6/2017 10:49:00 AM)


    This is a deep poem about how when something or someone comes into a world, everything is new to them and at first everything is gold. (Report) Reply

  • (2/6/2017 10:48:00 AM)

    The Outsiders
    When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home. In the book the outsiders, Ponyboy tells Johnny the poem Nothing Gold Can Stay and Johnny says, That's what I meant. When you are gold, you are innocent and everything in life is new. You can not harm the world as soon as you come into it. You are gold. You can choose to stay gold or you can turn hard like Dallas Winston. Ponyboy has a choice here now. He can stay gold like Johnny and keep watching sunsets or he can turn hard like Dallas. Read the book or watch the movie to find out... (Report) Reply

    Steve Macdonald (6/4/2017 4:30:00 PM)

    Just watched the movie The Outsiders surprised that I hadn't watched it before given all the actors, young as they were. I never did see Tom Cruise though. He played Steve Randall I believe. At the end, when Ponyboy was reading the letter from Johnny I had to watch again as Ponyboy quoted that poem to see the meaning of GOLD. Inspiring.

    Steve Macdonald (6/4/2017 4:26:00 PM)

    I just finished watching the movie The Outsiders and replayed to the part where Ponyboy was quoting the poem to Johnny and after watching the ending where Ponyboy reads Johnny's letter. Good movie and was surprised that I hadn't seen it before given all the actors, young as they were. I need to watch the ending again as I couldn't understand why Dillon's character got wacked out by Johnny's death.

  • Ellias Anderson Jr. (12/13/2016 11:51:00 AM)

    Lovely
    Great, a Skeptic poet, putting no emotion into the nature, just unlike the romantics who emphasize on the natural elements, inspiration and etc!
    i love Frost, his poems are just awesome! ! !
    (Report) Reply

  • Tal Machenry (12/2/2016 10:34:00 PM)


    My English teacher used this as an example one, and no clue was given to where t came from. Then I saw the Nothing Gold can Stay, and I was like 'facepalm' (Report) Reply

  • (9/10/2016 11:45:00 AM)


    I love this poem!!!!! #TheOutsiders (Report) Reply

  • (7/26/2016 2:27:00 AM)


    Here comes the sun and...Wow (Report) Reply

  • Tapan M. Saren (7/17/2016 4:20:00 AM)


    Remarkable poetry... Fantastico! (Report) Reply

  • (5/27/2016 7:12:00 PM)


    Stay gold ponyboy (Report) Reply

    Kirstin Flowers (2/6/2017 10:55:00 AM)

    Oliver, I see that you have either read The Outsiders book or watched the movie. I love the enthusiasm. This is a remarkable poem and can mean so many things to so many people. This is a wonderful poem however it is not only of innocence and new beginnings. This is about mother earth and how she has been treated. Nothing gold can stay. Look at a sunset everyday and stay gold.

  • (4/14/2016 4:11:00 PM)


    thIs Is one of the poems Ive loved for ever but I never realy got It tIll today (Report) Reply

  • (2/18/2016 1:57:00 AM)


    Beautifully penned! ! So easily he made the fact clear that nothing's gonna stay same forever the same but is bound to lose its value to nature one day. (Report) Reply

  • (2/18/2016 1:54:00 AM)


    Beautiful ly penned! ! So easily he made the fact clear that nothing's gonna stay same forever the same but is bound to lose its value to nature one day. (Report) Reply

  • Abderrahmane Dakir (12/30/2015 10:06:00 AM)


    Deeply thought in a few lines. I like it a lot. (Report) Reply

  • Alisha Castle (12/24/2015 1:56:00 PM)


    A nice piece of poetry work! (Report) Reply

  • Nigel Norton (12/14/2015 7:08:00 AM)


    I liked it....I like his poems (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (12/10/2015 8:02:00 AM)


    So Eden sank to grief,
    So dawn goes down to day
    Nothing gold can stay...........Nice poem
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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Thursday, March 12, 2015


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