Monday, October 8, 2012




"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.


As I read this poem, I wondered what connection Frost was making between nature and youth in the line, "Nothing Gold Can Stay."  Why do you suppose Ponyboy refers to this poem while sitting on the steps of the church, gazing over the mist of the valley?  Is he thinking about his own life, his youth, conformity, peer pressure, ...........? What part of Ponyboy's character do you mirror yourself?  After all, isn't there a little Ponyboy in all of us?

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