Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost (poem featured in S.E. Hinton’s, The Outsiders*)

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.

*This poem is special to me because it was really the first one I read  (in fifth grade, in The Outsiders). For a long time it was the only poem I knew. Then later, one of the only ones I liked. I’ve grown into poetry appreciation, but this poem still holds a special place in my heart. If you asked me to name a poem at random, it would probably be this one.

3 Comments on “Featured Poem: Nothing Gold Can Stay

  1. I love this poem for the same reason as you – it always reminds me of the Outsiders (such a great book, my seventh-grade self was obsessed) and I think the way it was incorporated into that novel was really beautiful.

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