Department of English

Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University


2202242  Introduction to the Study of English Poetry

 

 

Robert Frost

(March 26, 1874 January 29, 1963)

 

Nothing Gold Can Stay

(1923)

 

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. 5
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

 

 

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

(1923)

 

Whose woods these are I think I know.

His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
 
My little horse must think it queer 5
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
 
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake. 10
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
 
The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep, 15
And miles to go before I sleep.

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Frost

 

Links
  • The Robert Frost Tutorial (places and poetry, research tips, hallmarks of Frost's poetry, the poetics of Robert Frost, the Frost Free Library, and more)

 

Poem Notes

 

 

Reference and Further Reading

 

 


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