The line 'So Eden sank to grief' is an allusion, or literary reference, to the Biblical story about The Garden of Eden, a perfect paradise until Eve ate from the Tree of Knowledge. Notice that the middle stress in lines one and three is on fronting diphthongs while that in two and four is on rounded ones, for an alternating A-B-A-B effect, whereas in the second half of the poem, the first two lines have fronting diphthongs in the center and the last two have rounding ones, in an A-A-B-B arrangement. In the first line of the poem 'Nature's first green is gold,' gold means good, perfect, beautiful and special. The seventh line of the poem avoids anticlimax for two reasons: because it adroitly contracts the scope of the analogy from cosmogony back to the realm of Thoreauvian natural fact a fact which, like that in the first five lines, is also implicitly synecdochic ; and because the implied idea is surprising. Notice that only the odd-numbered lines of the poem have verbs marked with the third singular ending -s although all words in rhyme are inflectionally bare. Nothing Gold Can Stay Nature's first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold.
The simplicity of the words that Frost use shows how pure human nature is and that it can be seen with such straightforwardness. The simplicity of this form also ties with the theme in that anything no matter how simple, like being shaken down with a dust of snow, can change a persons view on life. So use your time wisely and enjoy every moment your living on this beautiful planet, and dont take anything forgranted. There is a cool breeze running across the skin that makes everything feel fresh. The purpose of reading famous poetic works is not to copy phrases but to expose your mind to new ways of thinking and writing.
Ponyboy Curtis is a thoughtful, somewhat innocent, 14-year-old main character who finds himself running away from town with his friend and fellow Greaser, Johnny. In the latter poem; Frost gives his writing a sense of warmth and happiness, like a child. The spondee in the first line first green emphasizes the most important idea of the poem. However the poem regards to individuals who have had dark life experiences who have become pessimists over their course in life. Line 2 Her hardest hue to hold.
Many poets have their own way to complete their final draft. The person in the poem is now seeing the glass half full instead of half empty. Sometimes poetry can merely be an image or a concrete visual. The subsidence, the sinking, the going down is, by the logic of the poem, a blessed increase if we are to follow the cycle of flower, leaf, bud, fruit, into the full life that includes loss, grief, and change. This A-A-A-B pattern is matched also in the second quatrain where the first three lines all have the structure Adverb + Noun + Verb + Preposition + Noun, again with a contrasting fourth line. Although the poems share the same theme, they have similar perspective, form, and diction, the poems have different styles. Pick a Specific Topic, Idea, or Theme How do you start a poem? This is a good example of the use of stress and unstressed syllables in certain words of a poem.
No word is longer than two syllables. Line 8 Nothing gold can stay. That's some major right there. In fact, it was only for an hour that it looked 'gold'. All in all, although this poem seems light-hearted at a glance, a thoughtful analysis shows that the poem has much deeper meanings especially in the value of life.
After the death of his father from tuberculosis when Frost was eleven years old, he moved with his mother and sister, Jeanie, who was two years younger, to Lawrence, Massachusetts. This is something we've all encountered in life, whether it's as insignificant as your just-bought car no longer smelling so new, or as important as the waning of your adolescence. Her hardest hue to hold. Stretching out a single syllable beyond its capacity is what we do with the first hour of every Spring. If the reader accepts green leaf and the full sunlight of day as finally more attractive than the transitory golden flower and the rose flush of a brief dawn, he must also accept the Edenic sinking into grief as a rise into a larger life.
This may seem depressing, but there is a silver or gold lining to be found in this poem. If poetry is to be understood, it must be read aloud, meditated upon, delighted in. In other words, this poem is expansive, so be careful not to make early conclusions from the title. The poet uses a central metaphor and personification to express his idea. Then leaf subsides to leaf.
If you happen to be writing one for your loved one, remember it comes from the heart. Recurring patterns are evident in Modern Age poetry. Then leaf subsides to leaf. Copyright © 1991 by Mordecai Marcus. The back round diphthongs underlying round vowels in the abstract vowel structure of Chomsky and Halle at the ends of lines one through four bind those lines into a unit, as do the front rising diphthongs underlying front vowels at the ends of the second four lines. In The Dust of Snow the poem shows how people should put the dark pasts behind them and look at the brighter side of life. Indeed, it is alliteration more than any other formal element that cements together Frost's eight end-stopped lines.
There are no words in this piece with more than three syllables, for instance. By writing in a language that uses symbols, , , , and , you are asking the reader to experience your poem in a way other than its literal meaning. On mythic and theological levels Frost incorporates Eden and how he valued leaves like gold until they too tarnished away. The relief, the joy, the green—it is only natural that we would want that moment to last for as long as possible. Both these poems show the importance of life.