Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost, 1923

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Nothing Gold Can Stay” is a short poem written by Robert Frost in 1923 and published in The Yale Review in October of that year. It was later published in the collection New Hampshire, which earned Frost the 1924 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. The poem lapsed into public domain in 2019.

Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost, 1923
Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost, 1923

Nothing Gold Can Stay Poem by Robert Frost

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s 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.

Robert Frost, “Nothing Gold Can Stay” from New Hampshire: A Poem with Notes and Grace Notes. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 1923. Public Domain.

Poems / Robert Frost

  1. The Road Not Taken
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  2. Fire and Ice
    Robert Frost, 1920
  3. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
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  4. Acquainted with the Night
    Robert Frost, 1928
  5. Birches
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  6. Mending Wall
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  7. The Gift Outright
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  8. Nothing Gold Can Stay
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  9. Choose Something Like a Star
    Robert Frost, 1947
  10. A Question
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  11. The Oven Bird
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  12. After Apple-Picking
    Robert Frost, 1914
  13. Home Burial
    Robert Frost, 1914
  14. Out, Out—
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  15. The runaway
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