Thoughts about "Nothing gold can stay" and paradise lost

Essay by chrisdanHigh School, 11th gradeA+, January 2005

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Robert Frost's poem, "Nothing Gold Can Stay," suggests that anything in life can seem outstanding at first, but at some point will "fall" as Adam and Eve did; as the cliché goes, "what goes up, must come down." I believe in this theme that life in general can bring amazing circumstances, but nothing can stay "gold" forever. From my past experiences, Robert Frost's poem seems to explain a rule of life that shows true everywhere: things are only seemingly perfect at first, but then truth sets in.

In my past school years, I never had to study for any tests or quizzes, I knew or memorized the facts I had to know to ace the test. I took advantage of this, and focused on my school work. Never studying or practicing, even for band, I was able to get high marks. Everything seemed perfect in which, my life in school, considering grades, was crystal clear and great.

Unfortunately, as in Frost's poem, nothing holds true and this "perfect" school life ended during high school. The material covered in the classroom became more extent and mind probing. At first I never studied, and I thought I would get the same grades as before. To my dismay, I was wrong. Slowly, but surely, the grades in each of my classes were getting harder and harder to keep up. I finally realized, I had to study and work hard for my grades. Students all around me were acceding at a better rate than I was and I felt left in the dust. Robert Frost, in his poem, mentions how nature at first is beautiful and "gold." In addition, Frost states how staying "gold" is one of the hardest things to do. This is how I felt when I knew keeping my...