"Nothing Gold Can Stay," by Robert Frost, is a poem about the illusory nature of life. This theme, that nothing of value ("nothing gold") will last forever, is substantiated through the imagery of the poem.
The title and last line are the same, and the poem can best be read as a metaphor, since none of the images in between represent actual gold. Each of the primary images of this Frost poem are "gold" for a time but eventually fade to nothingness or death.
The first reference is...
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