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    How can "green" be "gold"?

    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.
    https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/...-gold-can-stay

    How can "green" be "gold"?
    Last edited by sitifan; 23-Jan-2016 at 17:59.
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    #2

    Re: How can "green" be "gold"?

    Have you heard of poetic license?
    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dict...poetic-licence

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    #3

    Re: How can "green" be "gold"?

    It's a beautiful poem about the most precious moments in Life (but, alas, they are so transient).

    But I'm not a native speaker, sitifan; I've just read your signature. I hope you find this link helpful:

    http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps...frost/gold.htm

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    Re: How can "green" be "gold"?

    How many syllables has the word "hour" in line 4?
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    #5

    Re: How can "green" be "gold"?

    There are two syllables (together with the preceding "an").

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    Re: How can "green" be "gold"?

    Many native speakers pronounce flour as flower(two syllables). Can I pronounce hour as having two syllables?
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    Re: How can "green" be "gold"?

    Yes.

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    Re: How can "green" be "gold"?

    With many plants when the leaves first appear they are not green but are instead a yellowish color. (Our forsythia bush was that way.)

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    Re: How can "green" be "gold"?

    I chose this poem for my O Level English exam free choice poetry section. I first heard it in the film The Outsiders. The character who recites it says something about believing that the "gold" part refers to the colour of the sky before/just as the sun comes up, when the sky is frequently a beautiful gold colour (sometimes mixed with other colours of course). That makes sense when you look at the later lines "So dawn goes down to day, Nothing gold can stay" suggesting that as the light of sunrise/dawn gives way to full daylight, the gold colour of the sky disappears.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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