"Design" "Nothing Gold Can Stay" by Robert Frost? HELP PLEASEEE What is one point of comparison and one point of contrast that discusses Frost’s use of style, imagery, figures of speech, or...

"Design" "Nothing Gold Can Stay" by Robert Frost? HELP PLEASEEE

What is one point of comparison and one point of contrast that discusses Frost’s use of style, imagery, figures of speech, or sound?

I know that "Design" is a Petrarchan sonnet and "Nothing Gold Can Stay" is an octet sonnet so I'm guessing that is a difference in the style Am I right?

I really need help with this I am so confused right now.

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The Petrarchan, or Italian Sonnet consists of two stanzas of 8 and 6 lines respectively, so Design can be considered as such. Nothing Gold Can Stay is indeed an octet, composed simply of eight lines, but apparently earlier versions had several more lines (see links.) Beyond the structure of these two pieces,  one comparison point could be that they both discuss issues of transformation -- life to death, youth to wisdom, through the metaphor of nature in each of these pieces, namely, a flower in Design and sunlight in Nothing Gold Can Stay.

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