“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.”
That is the only bit of poetry I have ever been able to memorize. It is a poem by Robert Frost titled “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” and I read it when I was in eighth grade in Mrs. Milton’s English class. Why have I remembered it all of these years? I really couldn’t say. It might be because I read it as a passage in the book, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton and I found it fitting and descriptive of the story at the time. Plus, we spent weeks memorizing it and reciting those short eight lines of verse in class. April is National Poetry and National Humor Month. Today, let’s take a look at what poetry and laughter have to offer in educational settings.