Ma. (3-5). The use of transition word
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VillafrancaAislinn McdougallENGL 100-992January 30, 2018A Close Reading of”Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Robert Frost “NothingGold Can Stay” by Robert Frost is a poem about nature, which in time changes.It is a poem where nature is once as precious as gold, which its colour is hardto maintain. It grows beautiful flowers, but then flowers disappear and onlyleaves grow which shows that nature is changing over time. Throughout thecourse of the poem, Frost illustrates the constant changes in nature; hestates, “her early leaf’s a flower; / But only so an hour. / Then leaf subsidesto leaf” (3-5). The use of transition word ‘but’ on line four depicts the shiftthat happens in the poem. It starts from change in the poem, which becomessorrowful where everything changes.
Thispoem is an example of a lyric poem, as there is an emotion inside when itreaches the Volta, it becomes sad from neutral. Frost passes his thoughtsacross the audience effectively by using literary devices including alliteration,metaphor, allusion, personification, and repetition. In line two, “Her hardesthue to hold”, Frost uses alliteration to get the audience’s attention, and toemphasize that the nature’s hardest to maintain is its color which is golden,”Nature’s first green is gold” (line 1). Furthermore, in line eight, he uses metaphor,”Nothing gold can stay”. In this line, nature is compared to something valuableand precious such as gold, and that even as great as this do not last for alife time. Also, the use of allusion is evident when he says, “Eden sank togrief” (line 6).
He alludes it to a popular story in the Bible, “Garden ofEden”. This garden is initially considered unflawed, but when both Adam and Evecommit a sin by eating the forbidden fruit, it turns into this dark, sorrowfulplace. Frost also personifies the nature when he uses the word ‘her’ in linetwo and three, “Her hardest hue to hold/ Her early leaf is a flower”. He also usesrepetition to draw the audience’s focus to the poem, he repeats ‘her’, ‘so’,and ‘gold’ multiple times.
The tone of this poem turns from being neutral whereit is saying that nature was just beautiful “Nature’s first green is gold/ Herearly leaf is a flower” (line 1, 3) to sorrowful where everything just changeslike when Frost says “So, dawn goes down to day” (line 7) and “Then leafsubsides to leaf” (line 5). The sound of the poem also consists of rhythm whichis the beat and is measured by syllables, line one to two, and five to eightconsists of six syllables per line, then line three to four have sevensyllables each line. The sound also consists of rhyme scheme AABBCCDD. Theappearance of the poem is almost uniform, it is short and only consists eightlines and it has a plain form. “NothingGold Can Stay” by Robert Frost demonstrate that even though something is treasurableor valuable still can change. Frost uses the nature as an example of change asbeing constant in the world. Once, nature was perfect but then, over periods oftime it starts turning in negative forms in which where once a tree growssomething that is precious to just nothing anymore. His poem showed the changesafter the use of transition ‘but’, the next lines after this becomes sadder andheartbreaking because everything, including beautiful things, will not alwaysstay around.
Work CitedFROST, ROBERT. “NOTHING GOLD CAN STAY.” The New Wascana Anthology: Poetry, Short Fiction, and Critical Prose.
Eds. MedriePurdham and Michael Trussler. Regina: University of Regina Press, 2014, pp. 96.Print.