Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf,
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day
Nothing gold can stay.

by Robert Frost

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This poem, used in the outsiders by S.E hinton, explains how ponyboy has an innocence (gold) that he needs to keep, and not get led into a life of crime and poverty. He needs to fight to protect this innocence as ‘nothing gold can stay.’ Beautiful Poem👍🏻
I first read this in high school....but I have always loved Robert Frost. This one, now that I'm older......I don't really know why...but I cry, reading it.
Perfect in the way only Frost can be- I could curl up by the fire and read his poetry by the hours
Yes, lovely poem, too bad I'm fu**ing traumatized by a loud commercial for some horror movie before the poem starts.
Better had it not been read by a machine.
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