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To what myth does "Nothing Gold Can Stay" allude?

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Frost's allusion to the Garden of Eden story is meant to remind us that the idea that nothing lasts forever isn't a new one; it goes right back to the very dawn of civilization. We might like to think that certain things in our lives are perfect. But Frost wants to shake us out of our complacency. If even the Garden of Eden—this beautiful, God-given paradise, perfect in every way, shape, and form—could sink to grief, then what hope is there for us and the things we value most?

Nature is often seen as a place of retreat, a haven of peace and repose. But since that fateful day when Adam and Eve defied God by eating of the Tree of Knowledge, nature as well as...

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