Archetypes In Robert Frost's Nothing Gold Can Stay

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Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost examines the changes in nature from the season of spring to autumn. From new life growing to its inevitable death. When analyzing this poem, the reader can use archetypal analysis to understand it better. Archetypes are universally known symbols, patterns or terms used to better understand and visualize the text. Different archetypes help the reader visually see the beginning which is pure and good and how it an quickly transform into tragedy, where no idyllic situation can last forever.

The romance archetype is evident through the use of the World of Innocence (setting) and Idyllic setting (Flora and Fauna). In an idyllic setting, the reader gets a picture of a peaceful, happy and picturesque wonderful world. At the beginning of the poem, Robert Frost states “Nature’s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold.” This is an example of a beautiful and innocent beginning with no hardships or sorrow. It is an ideal world, with no death. Also, if you look at it through a
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Where Eden was once a place of blissful happiness and innocence, and with just one quick change the idyllic atmosphere loses its golden heavenly traits. The change in the seasons can transition so quickly and your favourite season may only seem to last just an hour, this is exactly what Robert Frost was trying to get the audience to connect with. Robert implies that change can happen so suddenly, just as easy as “...dawn goes down to day”. Whereby all of the mornings beauty like when the sun just starts to come up or the birds start chirping is lost to the harshness of the mid day. The way in which Robert uses the Garden of Eden and the swift changes from dawn to day as symbols relates directly to his point that change is often quick, out of nowhere and that it might not be as beautiful

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