The Seafarer and Nothing Gold Can Last

Good Essays
Changing Times
Change! Stronger than titanium, the tides created by the moon, and the force of gravity that connects our universe! “The Seafarer” and “Nothing Gold Can Stay” both demonstrate that if you eliminate the glamour of our materialistic society, you will discover we live in a Glided Age.
“The Seafarer” begins with an old sailor telling his tale of traveling the treacherous seas. He reflects on his difficult experiences, and he has an epiphany. He comes to the realization that the glory of the old days has vanished. He then questions his culture's custom of pouring gold over the dead. He knows that everything that his people regard as treasure possesses no value like fools gold. Robert Frost also teaches us that nothing gold can last in this world. Throughout his poem, he uses similes, metaphors, and other literary devices to represent time tarnishing the things we hold precious. The speakers of both poems allude to the Garden of Eden's drainage of beauty by the gruesome design of time. This shows us that all beauty disappears. Furthermore, the poets show us that nothing is permanent. In the Anglo Saxon poem, “The Seafarer” the speaker explained that the magnificent kingdom no longer has a stable government. While Frost describes nature's first gold as green, nature also has an inescapable fate for that flower. When the seasons change the once beautiful flower will die. Both poems teach us to take pride in world's unique beauty.
The brightest star fades. The most vibrant color turns gray. We're all trapped like caged birds, waiting for the punishment time has for our lives. As the gold rusts, we will too!

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Good Essays

    Robert Frost desires his poetry to “begin in delight and end in wisdom.” He achieves this as seen in “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” using metaphors, soft alliterations and wise biblical allusions showing that everything beautiful and young comes to an end.…

    • 332 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    As humans, throughout our lifetime we will be faced with a moment of life altering decisions, these decisions we make will impact how we live our life. As time passes and we grow older, closer to death, it is the question of have we preserved our gold throughout the years. Poet Robert Frost challenges the act of keeping our gold in his deceptively simple poems “Nothing Gold Can Stay” and poet Edward Field’s “Icarus” demonstrates a character dealing with the loss of their gold. In these poems Frost and Field use imagery, diction, and allusion convey that these two poems compliments and contrast each other.…

    • 839 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    The ocean acts as a symbol of a child’s best friend, encouraging the child to the fearless and chase adventure. However, the father views the ocean differently, as he sees the ocean being dangerous. As stated in the text “I have since become a salt-water man, but sometimes in summer there are days when the restlessness of the tides and the fearful cold of the sea water and the incessant wind which blows across the afternoon and into the evening make me wish for placidity of a lake in the woods” (pg 1). This quote shows that the father is fearful of the sea, and seeks the comfort of the lake because how the waves of the ocean represent no control. Summer symbolizes the father’s favorite time of the year, Summertime, oh summertime, pattern of the indelible, the fade proof lake, the woods unshatterable, the pasture with the sweet fern and the juniper forever and ever, summer without end; this was the background, and the life along the shore was the design, the cottages with their innocent and tranquil design...”(pg3). This shows the father using imagery to describe his childhood trips to the lake to bond with his father period. The positive descriptions of beauty of their annual trips show s the happy memories he associates with the season. He becomes lost in these memoires and is convinced that times does not exist. “That the…

    • 1172 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Better Essays

    The poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Robert Frost consists of eight lines only but contains a deep meaning and strong point. It is a good example of how an author or a writer can economize words or use very few words to pass a strong message or a detailed information. Frost uses Simple words and combines the use of various language stylistic devices like alliteration, rhyme and assonance to bring out the message of the poem in a well-structured and understandable manner. The poem brings together the author’s attraction for nature and his trend in making straight statements. In this poem, the narrator demonstrates nature in springtime whereby all things are green as gold. The flowers are usually seen to grow in a beautiful manner but they don’t exist or last forever since after a short time, the flowers usually die and also the leaves fall off. The poem shows that, although life is sometimes taken for granted, it is delicate and those moments that seem to be…

    • 1212 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Good Essays

    Sea Farer vs Sea Fever

    • 523 Words
    • 3 Pages

    The speakers from each poem are both in search for a meaningful life which they believe the sea will provide for them. The diction and imagery of each poem describes the enigma of the sea. The imagery in "The Seafarer" and "Sea Fever" take the adventurous sea to a new level by both successfully appealing to the five senses. The diction helps reveal this experience as well, but the context of the different poems cause "The Seafarer" to sound fearful and painful, while "Sea Fever" is taken in as a more enjoyable venture, while they both remain an obligatory venture. While discussing the sea in "The Seafarer", the author uses phrases such as "bound by frost in cold clasps" (lines 9b-10a) and "I, wretched and sorrowful, on the ice-cold sea dwelt for a winter in the paths of exile" (lines 14-15), which both give the poem a colder feeling. The context of "Sea Fever" changes the meaning of the diction by describing the sea as "the vagrant gypsy life" (line 9b) and "the…

    • 523 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    In Nothing Gold Can Stay Frost shows the loss of innocence between two figures, Eden and gold. The poems first line, Nature's first green is gold explains that gold represents innocence. Frost then writes, Her early leaf's a flower/But only so an hour. Frost shows that innocence does not last forever and will soon fade. The poem follows saying that Eden goes into grief symbolizing the loss of innocence. When applying this theme to human nature, the gold represents childhood and when Then leaf subsides to leaf humans slowly lose their innocence as they become adults. To stay gold is to stay true in this poem. However, gold loses lust and brilliance as it becomes into a different object, very much like how people lose innocence and they change their nature into a different person. Although gold represents purity and innocence, it also shows ignorance. To be human is to have taken from the Tree of Knowledge and gain conscious of knowledge. As people progress through their lives, ignorance along with innocence slowly fades away. Frost also exemplifies how quick reality sets into ones life when he writes, But only so an hour. Frost shows that after losing innocence and ignorance, knowledge and reality takes place instead. However, this poem can also apply to other things seen in human nature. For example, happiness does not stay forever just as people cannot live forever. At one point sooner or later everything fades away, thus Eden, who represents humans, sank to grief and Frost shows how nothing can stay gold.…

    • 1561 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Better Essays

    The Loss of a Loved One

    • 1374 Words
    • 6 Pages

    The poem creates the theme of eternal love by using words drawn from fairytales, and multisyllabic words with a religious meaning. Additionally, images evoke loss and sadness. For example, “night” is the time when most of the events occur; the narrator gives the reader sense of a sad world. The repetition and rhyme of “Annabel Lee,” “me,” and “sea” also reinforce the tight link between the narrator, his lost love, and the sea. Finally, the ballad’s peaceful and pleasing rhythm created by anapests and iambs, “It was ma/ny and…

    • 1374 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Better Essays

    Robert Frost Research Paper

    • 2980 Words
    • 12 Pages

    “I have said that Mr. Frost’s work is almost photographic. The pictures, the characters, are reproduced directly from life; they are burnt into his mind as though it were a sensitive plate.” (Lowell 222). Imagery builds a picture in one’s mind to help depict what moral Robert Frost is trying to produce. In the “The Road Not Taken” imagery is used, for example, in the line, “Two roads diverge in a yellow wood.” By Frost saying in a yellow wood, he is using imagery to infer that it is autumn and the leaves are falling. Then in the stanza, “And be one traveler, long I stood/ and looked down one as far as I could/ to where it bent in the undergrowth.” Frost creates a picture of a person looking down two different paths, deciding which path would be the better choice. The Moral in the poem “The Road Not Taken” is being independent and taking a different path than what others may have chosen imagery is also used in the poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay.” It is shown by the stanza, “Nature’s first green is gold/ her hardest hue to hold. / her early leaf’s a flower; / but only so an hour.” This gives a strong image of the green leaves of spring and beautiful flowers blooming finally…

    • 2980 Words
    • 12 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Good Essays

    It tells of the desperation that many of our ancestors felt as they stood on the shore and saw there homeland fade into oblivion. It tells of the desperation that they faced as they decided to throw themselves over board to re-connect with their homeland. The poem further tells of how every day the slave ship captain and sailors would continually violate our mothers, sisters, wives, and daughters. It also tells how every morning the captain would search the hull of the ship and gather…

    • 757 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Nothing Gold Can Stay

    • 534 Words
    • 3 Pages

    Robert Frost has a fine talent for putting delight and wisdom into poetry. Words which are first read and seemingly simplistic, tend to illuminate in symbolism and representation. He combines imagery, personification and paradox into a whimsical poetic masterpiece. Nothing Gold Can Stay, a poem written in 1923, embodies the concept of short-lived youth and the loss of innocence. It contains metaphors and imagery that delineates the concept of the finest things in life passing by in a blink of an eye.…

    • 534 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    The passing of time is a theme that pervades the poetry of famous American Robert Frost, who explores many aspects of the human experience in his poetry. Two poems which are vehicles for his attitude towards the passing of time are “A Leaf-Treader” and “The Road Not Taken”. Both explore the debate between transience and transcendence but display two differing outlooks on these.…

    • 918 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    The theme of “Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Robert Frost, is that good or “gold” things don't last forever--life is always changing. The poem portrays this by talking about gold things like pretty gold leaves and a pretty gold sunset, both things that are temporary. Using words like “flower” and “eden”, along with the rhyming and words that just sound good together, make it sound beautiful, but using words like “subsidies” and “grief” makes it sound sad as well. This mixture of tragic beauty makes the reader really feel how sad and profound the ordeal of losing happiness is. Using the word “Eden” is an especially good choice, because it refers to the Garden of Eden which is from the Bible, where Adam and Eve used to chill before everything…

    • 265 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Cherish. Remember the minor things in life. Hold on to memories. Cherish & purity are two important words to always rememeber nad hold onto. In the texts “Nothing Gold Can Stay” & The Outsiders the themes of youth & Innocence are expressed throughout the story & poem with the elements: title, setting/imagery, ideas, & the author's presentation of information.…

    • 1104 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Nothing Gold Can Stay

    • 422 Words
    • 2 Pages

    “Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Robert Frost focuses on the idea that nothing lasts forever. The poet uses a central metaphor and personification to express his idea. The poet uses figurative language such as controlling metaphors, personification,and allusions and is specific in his choice of words.…

    • 422 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Better Essays

    Ever since man was given the gift of emotions; it is said that happiness and joy are necessities for common life. It gives great definition to life, because most of the cherished memories that are held dear by most are memories of great bliss and enjoyment. Yes, these feelings of merriment are what give us our humanity, but like a double-edged sword, bliss and happiness do not last forever. This thought is best portrayed through Robert Frost’s poem, “Nothing Gold Can Stay.” This poem goes to great lengths to emphasize it’s message; that each line of this piece strengthens the idea that bliss, and life itself are truly “golden” with the use of metaphors, but inevitably these feelings fade away.…

    • 1140 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Better Essays

Related Topics