Johnny reminds Ponyboy in the letter that Robert Frost is referring about innocence and advises him to always "remain gold" by cherishing the wonderful times in life. This explanation is based on a recent update to the website for The New York Times News Service.
What does Johnny's final comments to the ponyboy mean? When Johnny advises Ponyboy to "remain gold," he is alluding to the poetry Ponyboy delivered while they were at Windrixville's ancient chapel. "Nothing Gold Can Stay," by Robert Frost, is the title of the poem. The poem's central theme is that life happens in short moments. Whatever you do or become will be lost soon enough, so why waste your time being unhappy over something that cannot be changed?
Johnny is telling Ponyboy to use his time well and not worry about the future because everything ends up fine even if it doesn't seem like it now.
Ponyboy goes on to say that he understands what Johnny is trying to tell him but that he can't stop being himself. Being yourself is the only way to live life happily ever after.
So, the last word that Johnny Bowers says to Ponyboy before he dies is "gold." This means that whatever path Ponyboy chooses to follow, he should always stay true to himself and never let anyone change him.
This message is important to understand because it explains why there are so many variations of how Johnny Bowers died. Some people believe that he was killed by the Pinkertons while others think he just ran out of gas somewhere out in the desert. But no matter what version you read, it always ends with Johnny saying "gold" which means he wanted Ponyboy to keep being himself no matter what happened.
Johnny interprets Robert Frost's poetry in his letter to Pony by noting that staying gold is akin to being youthful, innocent, and hopeful in life. Johnny urges Ponyboy to stay gold and to spread the same message to Dally, who sorely needs to see the bright side of life.
Frost was a twentieth-century American poet known for his simplicity of language and imagery. His poems are often referred to as "stopping by the roadside" poems because they include descriptions of nature that stop by chance while traveling through them. Many of his poems deal with death and loss, especially those written after his wife died in 2001 at the age of seventy-three.
Here is the poem that Johnnie is referencing:
"The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took up my pack and went away.
I cannot say which road I took Or whether both roads led to the same place But I know that I'm going someplace So there's no need to worry about being one traveler anymore.
This poem has been interpreted by many people over the years including actors, musicians, and poets.
Johnny reminds Ponyboy throughout the letter that he does not regret saving the children from the burning building. He then explains the significance of the Robert Frost poem to Ponyboy. Johnny describes the poem and links it to the lives of Ponyboy and Dally. Essentially, retaining gold implies being innocent. When Ponyboy reads the poem for the first time in many years, it reminds him of his innocence before becoming involved with crime.
Ponyboy goes on to say that even though he now knows about money, he would still save people's lives if they were in danger. This shows that even though he has become rich, he has not lost his good qualities.
Finally, Ponyboy says that he regrets nothing and that he loves Johnny. This shows that even though he was wrong to betray Johnny, he realizes that it was necessary to save Dennis from prison. Therefore, he is not guilty of treason because there was no other way to save Dennis' life.
After reading the poem, Ponyboy decides not to burn the money and returns home.
Ponyboy's recitation of Robert Frost's poem "Nothing Gold Can Stay" to Johnny in Chapter 5 talks about innocence via natural analogies. The poem comes to represent Johnny and Ponyboy's innocence. Not all of the greasers have this innocence, and they yearn for Johnny and Ponyboy to keep it.
Frost was an American poet who wrote about nature and humanity. His work is known for its simplicity and clarity. He is also regarded as one of the founders of the modernist movement in poetry.
Here are some of Frost's most famous poems:
"The Road Not Taken" – This poem tells the story of a traveler who finds two roads leading out of a forest. He chooses one of them at random and travels down it. Later he realizes that this road would be less traveled, so it must be better in some way. Maybe it leads to a city, or people might stop and talk with him along the way. But the other road is very well worn and appears to be used much more often. Yet he decides not to take it because it isn't any better than the first road and may even be worse in some ways. People usually choose the easier road because that's what they know, but maybe not always.
Frost uses language that will make sense to modern readers but may not have made much sense to his audience in 1914.
Ponyboy recites a Robert Frost poem to Johnny when they are hiding out together, "Nothing Gold Can Stay." The poem itself is a touching depiction of how fleeting youth and, more broadly, life are. As stated in the poem, "Nature's initial green is gold... nothing gold can stay." This means that even though things may appear beautiful at first, they soon become old and worn out.
Frost was an American poet who published several volumes of poems during his lifetime. Many of his works focus on the transience of life and what can be learned from it.
In this particular scene, Frost is trying to teach Johnny that no matter how much you want something to stay forever, it can't be done. Only time will tell how this lesson is going to affect him.
Robert Frost was born on January 1st, 1874 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was one of five children raised by a wealthy family who owned a paper manufacturing business. Frost showed an interest in writing from an early age and was encouraged by his parents to pursue poetry instead of studying law like everyone else in the family expected him to do.
Frost traveled a lot as a child because of his family's business interests and he spent some time in Europe too. When he returned home at age eighteen, he worked for the family business but quit after only a year to write full-time.