Nothing Gold Can Stay

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.
 
How do the images relate across the three poems and within each poem?  Each etch had to be able to say something to each poem.  The key was to etch so that the plates could be inked up both relief as well as intaglio. Backgrounds for one poem become foregrounds in the others. Only the zinc plates from the previous page were specific in that way. The other plates appear in various ways across the three poems.
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