“Nothing Gold Can Stay”

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Transcript “Nothing Gold Can Stay”

“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.
What is a topic?
What are some possible topics for
this poem?
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.
Possible topics . . .
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Nature
Leaves and flowers
Time—what happens in an hour
A day—sunrise to sunset
Change
Changing friendships
How to find the theme
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Look for repeated words or phrases
Look for synonyms
Watch for comparisons
Figurative language
Study the beginning
Study the ending
What is the theme
• A theme must . . .
– Convey the author’s message or
– Express the central idea
– Be timeless
– Be universal
Possible themes . . .
• All living things must die eventually.
• Youth and innocence cannot last.
• The fact that all good things must at some
point come to an end.