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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Do not trap in the past

There is nothing stay unchanged,
there is nothing stay the same,
there is nothing you could hold on to,
there is nothing you could do but 'change'.

Blessed is the one who have found THE ONE who is THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY AND FOREVER.

Read this poem, is referring something that was once beautiful and pure, but cannot remain so, also provide a unique insight to one of the many cycle's of life through nature.

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.

It was first published in The Yale Review in 1923

Poetry analysis by Noleen Wyatt-Jones

The poem opens with a paradox Green is gold' green being the accepted first sign of spring but in New England where the birch and willow proliferate it is gold not green that signifies new growth and burgeoning life. He goes on to introduce another paradox Leaf's a flower' which refers to the initial perception of the unfurling leaf resembling a flower almost as if the leaf were disguising itself. There is also a sense that both are metaphors for the quick change of life in that the gold becomes green and the leaf becomes a flower in much the same way as we grow and change. There is a tangible sense of melancholy which accompanies each change and again as in life the sense that we often hark back enviously to what was once before.

The underlying theme seems to be prompting an acceptance that in life nothing can ever stay the same and that change is therefore inevitable in the circle of life. Keeping that theme in mind then the next logical step is the begin of decay as posed by the line So Eden sank to grief' which leads us to the Bible and the story of Adam and Eve who were given everything by God and should have been able to live a life of perfection in Eden but as with so many things perfection does not exist and this fits perfectly with Frost's continuing journey. So dawn goes down today' is the final metaphor used to define the final stage of the life cycle and in natures case this refers to the autumnal fall of leaves.

There is of course inevitability to each of the stages and whilst the sense of melancholy for each passing stage exists there is still a sense of hope. Frost is encouraging us to accept that each part of our life will pass far too quickly and we need to cherish each part before we embark on the next. It also makes us think about the fragility of human existence and the fact that perfection is not a realistic concept.

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