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...e price of Adam and Eve’s sin. The metaphor of “Nothing Gold Can Stay” extends to human frailty or weakness to temptation. Spring, dawn, and even paradise have only “the brief golden hour” before disappearing (Fagan). Frost understood the meaning and significance of this cycle as a farmer and as a poet. As seasons change, so do the chores and jobs of the farmer. The poem has no fixed setting, but rather the metaphor of the poem can be extended to anything worldly beautiful. It is a part of the human experience to want and wish for never-ending happiness or bliss, but as life continues, one forgoes loss and work. As a farmer, Frost knew the significance of spring and the hardships of winter, paralleling the metaphor of “Nothing Gold Can Stay.” As time inevitably continues, what was once beautiful or desired will inescapably subside to death or the end.
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