Interpretation of Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost
Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost is a poem that means as wonderful as any life is, it cannot continue forever. That no matter what is gold in one’s eyes, such as loved ones, young stages, innocence, or one’s treasures, it can only carry on for so long. That perfect cannot remain perfect. No golden times or moments can stay. Once a flower blooms, it must die and that bloom will never be seen by eyes again. The same goes for life, once a person reaches the final stages of living, they will become only a memory. Nature’s first sprout of life is pure as gold. “Nature’s first green is gold”. Nature may attempt all she may, but it would still be fated to leave. “Her hardest hue to hold”. A flower then sprouts from the Earth. The fragile and soft petals grow and grow thus completing the blossom. “Her early leaf’s a flower”. Then, Frost tells us that the beautiful flower is not to last for long. If one had a choice, the flower would last forever. Yet, it would have to go away. “But only so an hour.” Sadly, as marvelous as the green might seem, it slowly droops and departs its’ life. “Then leaf subsides to leaf”. Because of this, Eden mourns over the death of the pure. Eden, something that people thought was going to stay perfect and holy still went down. “So Eden sank to grief”. The day goes on, and with it goes the life and beauty of the flower. “So dawn goes down to day”. Hopefully one savors the beauty of it because “nothing gold can stay”. On the whole, something or someone that is great or pure as gold cannot stay for a long time. One must treasure the golden times and moments because of just that. They are moments, and are not meant to last. However, memories can last a lifetime. The golden memories can continue to live in one’s heart. Life is a cycle, and like in any cycle there is a beginning and an end. Nature is ephemeral, and fleetingness enhances human nature. As Frost wrote,...
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