Nothing Gold Can Stay By Robert Frost And The Powwow At The End Of The World `` By Sherman

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The poems that have chosen to be analyzed are “Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Robert Frost and “The Powwow at the End of the World” by Sherman Alexie. Both of these poems have a common theme that has to do with nature. Although the poems come from authors of two different backgrounds, one is a white American and the other is a Native American. The poems each use legends or myth to get a specific point across. These poems are great examples of myth/legend use to drive its authors point across, such as “Nature’s first green is gold,” a reflection of youth. “Nothing Gold Can Stay” is a poem by Robert Frost; it is a beautifully written poem that uses nature as a medium to discuss the importance of youth or childhood. He uses his word specifically to create a definite meaning behind his word. The beginning of his poem starts with, “Nature’s first green is gold, her hardest hue to hold.”; he uses the myth of gold being the purest and most precious metal, to show that nature’s first stage is precious as well. However, these words have more than just their literal meaning, as Frost also alludes to youth. This quote from the poem could be taken as: childhood is the best and purest part of life, but it is life’s shortest part. Gold is symbolized here as the purity of childhood and how precious it is. This entire sentence is an impressive piece of writing, but the part that really makes it stand out is “her hardest hue to hold”. The last part of the quote says nature’s first green is the
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