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

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Imagery is using the five senses—sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste—to describe a scene.

In "Nothing Gold can Stay," Frost uses visual and touch imagery: we can see and feel what he describes. For example, we can see, from line one, that "Nature’s first green is gold." In using "green,"...

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Imagery is using the five senses—sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste—to describe a scene.

In "Nothing Gold can Stay," Frost uses visual and touch imagery: we can see and feel what he describes. For example, we can see, from line one, that "Nature’s first green is gold." In using "green," Frosts invokes two possible meanings: green is both the color we associate with nature, such as in grass or leaves, and it also means "new." By using a word like green, with concrete visual associations, we can see green grass and foliage. We can see that in dawn's earliest sunlight (or, metaphorically, in Paradise before the Fall) grass and foliage might look golden.

In the second line, Frost uses touch imagery: "Her hardest hue to hold." Frost again draws upon two different meanings. On one level, Frost employs a concrete image: gold is physically hard. Therefore, we can understand with our sense of touch that gold is hard when we feel it. But Frost is also saying that "gold," the highest standard of life, as implied in the term "golden age," is hard (difficult) to maintain.

Other images Frost uses include "flower," "leaf," and "dawn," all things we can visualize.

Sensory images often stick in our memory longer than abstract ideas, so Frost's concretizing of the abstract concept that paradise quickly fades helps us remember this poem.

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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."

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