Emily Dickinson Nothing Gold Can Stay Analysis

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Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and Walt Whitman were all American poets from different time periods who focused on similar topics, but had a different point of view incorporated in their writing. Each poet had a trademark such as punctuation or the use of specific figurative language that made their writing have their voice and elicit a reader’s emotions. Through the poems “Success is Counted Sweetest” by Emily Dickinson, “Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Robert Frost, and “Song to Myself #1” by Walt Whitman, these poets convey happiness through the understanding of defeat, the passing of time, and celebrating one 's’ own self; Dickinson, Frost, and Whitman use different structure, style, and similar figurative language to convey their perspective…show more content…
As soon as you have something, your appreciation of it wanes faster, which is similar to the idea of Robert Frost’s “Nothing Gold Can Stay” poem. The most beautiful things in life often have the least longevity. The poem uses examples of spring blooms, the Garden of Eden, and sunrise to get this point across, leaving us to think about all the things in our lives that are so wonderful and so transient. Similar to Dickinson poems, the use of imagery helps give the poem a different perspective and allows for the enforcement of the poets message. “Nothing Gold can Stay” relies on the imagery of the natural world. In the poem Frost also states “Then leaf subsides to leaf. / So Eden sank to grief (5-6), which allows for the reader to understand that the speaker is not only talking about the blooms of a willow tree, but about human innocence and joy. Additionally, Frost uses a metaphor: "green is gold.” This takes the idea that green is the color we associate with nature and at the beginning of spring, nature is actually more gold than green. Alliteration is used by repeating the G in "green" and "gold," it adds to the connection between the two colors (6 clause). Personification is used to refer to nature as female. Imagery is used in the last line to show dawn going down to day. There is symbol analysis of Gold in this poem too and it symbolizes all that is new, young, and beautiful, but does not last too long. In lines 2 to 3 we are given an example of what the title is saying. Even though the first bloom of spring is gold, it doesn 't stick around. The rhyme scheme is AABBCCDD, which glues this little poem together, making it fun to read aloud and pleasing to the listener 's
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