The Poem In Robert Frost's Nothing Gold Can Stay

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The Poem was written by Robert Frost in 1923. Robert Frost wrote this poem at a difficult time for America. He wrote is in between world war one and The Great Depression. When this poem was wrote Robert thought the world was coming to an end.
Although the poem is a narrative, the poem only has two stanzas. It is a narrative poem because it tells a story about how Frost thought that the world was coming to an end. The style, being narrative, effects the poem in many ways. It helps to tell the story of how tragic that time was, but also how everything "gold" left.
The title of the poem is Nothing Gold Can Stay. The title of the poem is not clear, rather than being obvious. Robert did that on purpose so that it foreshadows what the poem is about. People have to really think to figure out his poem. Frost did that instead of making the theme clear so that it wouldn't put the audience at a panic. It would panic the audience greatly if he just came out and said that he thought the world was going to end.
Although there is not a lot of repetition in this poem the word "gold" is used on the first and last line. On the first line there is a metaphor comparing natures first green to being gold. Gold is being compared to natures first green because springs first flower is a gift or "golden". The last line of the poem says "Nothing gold can stay", meaning that the "gifts" cannot stay forever and they must go.
The passage of time is apparent in this poem. The poem uses several references to time passing such as "But only so an hour" and "So dawn goes down to day". Although the passage of time is very obvious, the reason it shows time passing is not. It shows passing of time so that is can show how something gold will come, but it will never stay.
There is no direct characters in the Nothing Gold Can Stay. But, however, he uses personification to symbolize that nature owns it's green. So nature could be considered a indirect character. Another indirect character could be Eden. On line six is says "So Eden sank to grief", presuming the thought that Eden feels grief because he is a person, he could also be considered an indirect character.
The poet is concealing information by putting imagery over the meaning of he poem.
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