What kind of imagery is used in the poem "Nothing Gold Can Stay"?

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Robert Frost's, "Nothing Gold Can Stay" uses imagery to describe different states of nature. He starts out with a metaphor saying, "Nature's first green is gold." As the seasons change from spring to summer the reader is encouraged to see the leaves change from their first color that he describes as gold but that state does not last long before the leaves turn green. Frost continues his use of imagery when he speaks of Eden's grief, the reader feels the sadness associated with the story of the Garden of Eden. In the end, he describes how the earliest rays of sun are golden at dawn changing their hue to the sunshine of the day. He describes it as "dawn goes down to day," when most would speak of sunrise. The reader can see the early golden sun rays tone down to daylight as but he reminds us, "that nothing gold can stay."