What is the central idea of the poem nothing gold can stay in the outsiders

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Nothing Gold Can Stay

by Robert Frost 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.

According to the poem by Robert Frost, the first line describes living things. They are perfect when they are born or first bloom. In the second line Frost implies that nothing stays young forever. Things grow, change, develop, and mature. The leaf turns into a flower, but "only so an hour" meaning it doesn't stay that way forever. 

This poem reflects the characters way of dealing with death. It is a reassurance to the characters that death is a part of life-"nothing gold can stay". Fate decides what happens. Some things are beyond their control.

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The Outsiders

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