In the Library: Robert Frost
Robert Frost, an American poet, wrote Nothing Gold Can Stay in 1923. Frost became recognized for the way he mastered the weaving of imagery and metaphor, often pointing to things in nature. It is said, he wrote the poem to remind society to get outdoors and enjoy the beauty surrounding them, but it contained a much deeper meaning.
The poem compares the fleeting nature of beauty, prosperity, and people to that of the autumn season of gold and compares it to the fall of Eden. The seasons of a leave’s life provided the metaphor for the phases of a man’s life.
Often quoted in books and movies, this narrative poem illustrates the passing away of things that once held beauty. One such book, The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton, which later became a classic 80’s movie, revealed the character Pony Boy’s longing heart when he quotes Nothing Gold Can Stay.