The poem is not explicitly autobiographical. He wants to hold on to this hour, to stretch it out as far as he can, even though he knows Time, the enemy, will win out in the end. This short poem uses a number of literary devices including paradox, juxtaposition, personification, and allusion to convey its themes. The first verse is about his first decision in the network of roads that he could have taken. The subject of his observation happens to be one of the essential truths about life in general, i. Nature's first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. And like the gold of , the gold in these verses—the joy of youth and beauty—can never last.
He says that leaves are old and that for flowers Mid-summer is to spring as one to ten. It's just when you get used to everything that it's day. This is the main point of the poem and is shown consistently throughout the eight lines. He used the simplicity of nature and vernacular speech to give his poems a casual mood, though underneath they display a much deeper meaning of life. This poem talks about how when you are young you are innocent but as you grow older you start to lose that innocence. The version discussed above is widely recognized to be most complete. He lived in San Francisco and sadly died in Boston in 1963.
The couple moved to England in 1912, after they tried and failed at farming in New Hampshire. For the next fifteen minutes, students worked in homogenous small groups to break down the poem on a larger piece of paper. What has taken birth, must age with time and finally face death and termination. The apparent paradox of line 1 is based on the fact that when buds appear in the spring, their first color is gold rather than green. I live with my mom, Cindy, and my dad, Brian, and our two dogs, Chloe and Bear. It is of course a fleeting beauty; the seasons will inevitably march on.
His diction makes readers see his poems as simplistic at first, but his mastery of rhythm and repetition are unequalled by his peers. How characteristic of Frost that the personal origins of the poem—whatever they were—have been so magnificently transcended into a universal vision of the human condition. The diction is extremely simple. Excellent Student Examples The strongest student examples included creative poems with unique topics emphasizing the transience of beautiful things in life—love, childhood, a cherished electronic. This poem takes these moments of our lives and puts them into a short, fleeting poem that's pure gold through and through. And yet, each year, for one brief hour, we are closer to the experience of Eden than at any other time of the year.
Frost makes his point clear throughout the poem by alluding to nature. In his poem he meant that nothing will ever last. To this end, I want to take and analyze a few of its metrical qualities. He moved to Massachusetts when he was eleven and went to the local high school. But line one is like three with its copula while two and four with deleted copulas are the only lines lacking finite verbs, for an A-B-A-B pattern exactly matching that of the stressed vowel nuclei at the middle stress of those same lines. They tend to be rare because consummation quickly gives way to lamentation—a speaker desires to be with his beloved continuously, for all time, not just for a single time in the past.
All things must also be as limited. To stay gold is to stay true in this poem. The undesirable result is that the poem will fall apart into eight fragments unless they can somehow be made to cohere both formally and thematically. Hence green is a theory or sign of spring; gold is the fact. Her early leafs a flower; But only so an hour.
The fall of humanity in Eden came by such a process. Sure, we could imagine all kinds of stuff about the speaker maybe he's an old guy, reminiscing about the bygone days of youthful vigor… or something , but the poem itself doesn't need a speaker. The contrast between the simple, almost child-like structure of the poem, and the deep, reflective tone is an example of a juxtaposition, when two different objects or concepts are placed next to each other in order to emphasize their contrast. But we all must deal with the fact that it is coming for us eventually. Puppies become dogs, kids become adults, and the rosy glow of newness is beautiful, but, unfortunately, fleeting.
Published when the author was forty-eight, New Hampshire was a diverse collection of longer narratives and satires mixed with short lyric poems, including several very brief works. In 1895, Frost married Elinor Miriam White, whom he'd shared valedictorian honors with in high school and who was a major inspiration for his poetry until her death in 1938. He is saying that gold does not last forever. Just as the dawn, beautiful and unique, must always give way to daylight, beauty must always be replaced by something else. Using nature as an example, Frost relates the earliest green of a newborn plant to gold; its first leaves are equated with flowers.
The poet focuses on the leaf to draw our attention towards the gradual withering away of life and vitality from anything which is conceived and is fresh at the beginning. Sweets with sweets war not, joy delights in joy. By portraying nature as a woman, Frost connects the concept of death and decay in nature to the loss of innocence and inevitable death of each human being. The only word that is more sophisticated is the word grief but this can be interpreted as the loss of innocence. Although the poems come from authors of two different backgrounds, one is a white American and the other is a Native American. It was abroad that Frost met and was influenced by such contemporary British poets as , , and. The plot was about the Greasers who are poor and usually wear leather jackets from the East side, and rich kids from the West side their natural enemies.
This may seem depressing, but there is a silver or gold lining to be found in this poem. This illustrious style that Frost uses makes understanding his message easy for readers to interpret. So Eden sank to grief. The golden moment, therefore, is all the more precious because it is transitory. He became interested in reading and writing poetry during his high school years in Lawrence, enrolled at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, in 1892, and later at Harvard University in Boston, though he never earned a formal college degree. On the literal level, the reader knows that the springtime blossoms last more than a mere hour. For example, when Johnny killed Bob, Pony stood by him even though he had done something bad.