Figurative Language Personification: Natures first green is gold her hardest hue to hold. Like the gold of the poem, however, this idyll is tinged with sadness. The soft beauty of spring soon fades to summer and beyond. 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. Frost is saying that the first green of spring is extremely beautiful and precious. Frost's view resembles Emerson's idea that being born into this world is the fall implying that the suffering and decay brought by natural processes are what we know of evil. Green is the first mark of spring, the assurance of life; yet in fact the first flush of vegetation for the New England birch and the willow is not green but the haze of delicate gold.
Read Take the dog for a long walk- you been neglecting him! Eden was a beautiful garden in the genesis creation story, a nature wonderland. He also has a twisted love for Hu Yongmei after she gave him food when he was a young beggar on the streets. From Frost: A Literary Life Reconsidered. Her hard est hue to hold In antiquity, the iambic rhythm was thought to be the nearest to speech and it is the commonest type of foot in all English verse because it fits the prevailing natural pattern of English words and phrases. Frost uses examples of things that are cyclical: Spring flowers may die, but they will bloom again next year.
It was written in the year 1923. They begin to cut themselves off from their own humanity as they conduct experiments on animals and humans that people today would never condone. Shen Xingyi A happy-go-lucky young master who has never known hardship in his life. It could mean either that nature's first green in the springtime has now turned to autumnal gold or that nature's first growth is golden, or precious, because it lasts such a short time, cannot hold its color and fades as soon as the leaves fall in autumn. This repetition draws the reader's attention to this line, which is the first time Frost mentions the idea of change. Frost is saying that all things fade in time, and that is partly what makes them beautiful.
On the surface, it seems that the theme of this poem is a bleak one. There is a beauty to the Greasers' life that Hinton glorifies. He is a puppet of Du Mingli. Throughout the story, Ponyboy has been noting sunsets and sunrises. Her early leaf's a flower; But only so an hour. It means that all things are going to change eventually, like people, seasons and nature. Then leaf subsides to leaf.
However, romantic affections become of little importance in the face of political upheaval and personal revenge - Shen Xingyi joins the anti-Qing reformist movement and plots to kill the Empress Dowager Cixi while Zhou Ying avenges Wu Pin and her father-in-law's deaths by taking Shen Sihai and Du Mingli head on. Here is Frost's most evocative use of the felix culpa metaphor. The poet uses a central metaphor and personification to express his idea. 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. Rhyme and Rhyme scheme: This poem is masculine end rhyme that follows the pattern aabbccdd. Shen Xingyi's love for Zhou Ying is initially unrequited, though she eventually acknowledges that she has developed romantic feelings for him. The poet seems to be lamenting the loss of this essence of purity and innocence.
While the folly is not nearly as obvious as it is in other works, such as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, it is clear when the college begins its slow decay into an institution that does not seek answers to questions they have formed, but rather seeks questions to answers they have already decided. Although each line is not perfectly iambic, we get to see three stressed beats. So Eden sank to grief, 7. Frost wrote this in 1923. Nothing is a reference to the absence of a subject matter on which to base perspective. Yet as apparent flower the comparison is metaphoric rather than a similethat is, leaf is flower, not leaf resembles or is like flower , the leaf exists in disguise only a moment and then moves on to its true state as leaf. Frost served as consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress from 1958 to 1959.
I have chosen to feature this poem from 1915 not because it is his best, but because it resonates with me in some inexplicable way. He adopted principles from William Wordsworth concerning diction, characters, places and social conditions appropriate to poetry. The poet has used an analogy between two natural processes, one found in nature and the other in the lives of human beings, to show how the two correspond to each other and have similar endings. I would say that nothing is everything. Lines one and three of the first quatrain, containing the nearly synonymous first and early, are each affirmations eroded by the following lines. Notes on 'Nothing Gold Can Stay' Frost uses the four seasons as an image of the cycles of life and death. When the sun rises at dawn, everything appears golden.
This short poem uses a number of literary devices including paradox, juxtaposition, personification, and allusion to convey its themes. Her early leaf's a flower; but only so an hour. The green leaf denotes something ordinary, while the golden leaf is something special. Only the first and last lines seem not to cohere alliteratively with the other lines, but this very lack of coherence, coupled with the lines' initial N and medial G, tends to unite them with each other as does the recurrent word Gold, which appears only in these first and last lines and is, along with Leaf, the only recurrent stress-bearing word. Copyright © 1979 by Katheryn Gibbs Harris. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day.
However, this is all fleeting. Find at least one piece of evidence from The Outsiders to support your answer and include the page numbers. Theme of Nothing Gold Can Stay The theme of Nothing Gold Can Stay which lies beneath the poem makes a wonderful comparison between the beauty of nature and the happiness of human achievements. There are no words in this piece with more than three syllables, for instance. If you want to contact us regarding any particular content on the website, please use the contact page. Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf's a flower, - Before you grow, you are curious about life.
The willows are golden when the spring announces itself, but then they promptly turn to green in order to welcome the spring. Understanding how these devices are used can help you deepen your understanding of the poem and interpret the theme in multiple ways. Although the meaning keeps eluding him, he continues to make the effort to understand it. And along the way, a lot of this innocence fades away into oblivion. Though he lived longer than most, his writing — indeed, his very presence — would enhance life in the U. Du Mingli The main antagonist. This poem talks about how when you are young you are innocent but as you grow older you start to lose that innocence.