Nothing Gold Can Stay By Robert Frost “Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Robert Frost 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. “Nothing Gold Can Stay” • What do you think Robert Frost is trying to say? • Is this supposed to be a sad poem? What makes you think so or think not? • When you hear the poem read aloud, what images come to your mind? “Nothing Gold Can Stay” • Robert Frost’s poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” helps Ponyboy and Johnny understand that growing up and facing reality is a necessary part of life. “Nothing Gold Can Stay” • “Nothing gold can stay,” means that all good things must come to an end. • Sunrises transform the night into day, and flowers wilt. • In life, everything loses its youth and innocence. • This loss does not have to be devastating, however. “Nothing Gold Can Stay” • The poem uses a metaphor from nature. • The loss of innocence is as natural as the death of a flower. • Both losses must be accepted as an inevitable part of life. • The Greasers will inevitably suffer losses and sacrifices. • However, this does not mean that the loss of being good is inevitable for Johnny and Ponyboy. “Nothing Gold Can Stay” • Before he dies, Johnny urges Ponyboy to “stay gold,” to hold onto being good which will outlast his loss of youth and innocence.