“Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Robert Frost. TP-CASTT. Title: Nothing can stay forever, nothing good ever lasts, money doesn’t grow on trees. T = Title (before we read).
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“Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Robert Frost
Title: Nothing can stay forever, nothing good ever lasts, money doesn’t grow on trees
Nature's first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leafs 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.
= nature in spring gives the brightest green
= this green doesn’t stay green for long
= spring gives us flowers first
= but not for very long
= then leaves merely stay leaves
= just like Eden was overcome with sadness
= just like the sunrise merely becomes a day
= nothing amazing can last
Alliteration – Ex) “her hardest hue to hold”
Effect: catches your attention, gives vivid description, rhythmic flow.
Personification – Ex) “nature…her”, “Eden sank”
Effect: adds detail, makes interesting, helps us visualize nature as a person with feelings/weaknesses.
Rhyme – Ex) leaf/grief, day/stay, flower/hour
Effect: rhythmic flow, organizes poem, completes the line, more fun to read, gives more life
Imagery – Ex) green, gold, leaf, flower, dawn, day, Eden, sank, early, hour
Effect: helps paint a picture in mind, helps you understand it, emotions become concrete, adds supporting details
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1. “But…” – We may see beauty BUT it only lasts a short while.
2. “Then…” – shows time passing
3. “So…” – shows effect
“Nothing Gold Can Stay” – meaning is… seasons changing, beauty/time changes form, beauty can’t stay forever, seasons change just like peoples’ idea of beauty
What the poem might be about…
Be thankful for what you have; it won’t last long.
Some moments in our lives have beauty, while others are dull.
Like the seasons, beauty will come and go.
You will create a shaping sheet for an analysis of the tone of “Nothing Gold Can Stay”
A shaping sheet is a prewriting graphic organizer that arranges the major parts of an essay
You will NOT be writing an essay, just planning one!
Example: In the poem “Dreams,” Langston Hughescreates an urgent tone through the use of metaphor.
Use this stem:
In the poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” Robert Frost creates a _________ tone through the use of _____________ .
(think about imagery, word choice, alliteration, metaphor, rhyming words, etc.)
This is the backbone of the body paragraphs.
Concrete Detail - Use quotes from the poem as evidence to support your opinion.
Commentary – This explains how the Concrete Detail relates to your thesis. It explains why the quote is so important and how it supports your argument.
Concrete Detail #1: “life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly”
Commentary 1:The comparison of a life and a bird unable to fly creates the idea that if we do not remember our dreams, then our lives will cease to become what we want them to become.
Commentary 2: This metaphor creates a sense of urgency for the reader in remembering his/her own dreams, and not forgetting what he/she wants to become.