Nothing Gold Can Stay

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
• When you hear the poem read
aloud, what images come to your
“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,
“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
• 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.

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