Friday, June 4, 2010

Poetry Friday

I have been revisiting S.E. Hinton in the last month. My son and I read The Outsiders together. I then reread That Was Then, This is Now. I intend to revisit other favorite Hinton books this summer and read her newest book as well . Read my Spreading the Awesome post about S.E. Hinton HERE.

One thing I loved about The Outsiders main character Ponyboy Curtis was his love of poetry. This greaser from the wrong side of the tracks could recite poetry. So today's poem for Poetry Friday is the Robert Frost poem, "Nothing Gold Can Stay."


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.

-Robert Frost

Check out Ponyboy (played by C. Thomas Howell) reciting the poem in The Outsiders.

Here are some other interesting facts related to this poem and The Outsiders that are also (shocker!) music related. I learned some of these facts from this site.

1. Like I mentioned in the Outsiders post, Josh Todd, Photobucketthe lead singer of Buckcherry, has "Stay" tattooed on his right knuckles and "Gold" tattooed on his left knuckles. (sort of like Anita and Tina's tattoos! ;)
2. Pete Wentz, guitarist of Fall Out Boy, quotes "Stay Gold" on his upper right arm in ink. His clothing label, Clandestine Industries, also has has some items with "Stay Gold" on them like this.
3. In The Killers' song "Smile Like You Mean It," a lyric says "Looking back at sunsets on the East Side".
4. Bowling for Soup has an album named Let's Do It for Johnny!.
5. Comedian Julie Brown's eighties novelty hit "The Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun" ends with, "I did it for Johnny," as the explanation of her killing spree. (Sidenote: I also held a squirt gun and sang this on a float during my high school homecoming parade. These were times before real school shooting sprees obviously.)

Kelly at the Cazzy Files is hosting Poetry Roundup today. Click to her blog to find more wonderful poetry links. Next week the roundup will be here!


Author Amok said...

It's interesting how this poem has become so connected with the book and movie -- almost to the point of the poem itself being taken for granted. It has such beautiful imagery.

Rena said...

That's great, Kelly.

Laura Pauling said...

I loved hearing the kid from Outsiders recite the poem. Awesome stuff!

jama said...

Love this post, Kelly. What a great poem. And there's a group called Bowling for Soup?! :)

Anita said...

Man, I've GOT to read that book!

Suzanne Casamento said...

Amazing how universal that poem, "Stay Gold" became along with the phrase "Do it for Johnny!" because of The Outsiders.

S.E. Hinton rocks.

Kelly said...

AAmok- I do like when popular books include poetry. Some readers might never have been exposed to that poem otherwise.
Thanks, Rena and Laura!
Jama - Yes, crazy name, isn't it?!
Anita - Oh, yes you do!
Suzanne - I'm sure the movie helped in the phrases being popular too, but I'm all for books getting more popular by whatever means!

Kelly said...

Though come to think of it, a book has to be popular usually for it to be made into a movie. But then some other readers that may not have read the book will then read the book due to the movie.

Laura said...

Hi Kelly,

Since I just read you are a fan of Matt Dillon. Did you know that if you go to the Academy of American Poets reading event, that Matt Dillon is doing a reading? (But I don't know the date. Just read a blurb on a mailing.) Also, Meryl Streep will read. If you join the AAP you get a discount on your tickets.

Laura Evans
all things poetry

Toby Speed said...

My dad was a big Robert Frost fan, and so am I. I know this poem well, but - if you can believe it - I haven't read "The Outsiders." Yet! It's in my book of books to read! Thanks for sharing this, Kelly.

Hema P. said...

I love Robert Frost (along with Rabindranath Tagore and Emily Dickinson), Kelly! What a beautiful, and yet sad, poem! I love Frost's poem called, "The Road Not Taken".

PJ Hoover said...

I've been meaning to revisit those S. E. Hinton books, too. Esp. THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS NOW.

Kim Kasch said...

Love that poetry :)

I just revisited the TruBlood series. Read the next book Dead in the Family

Whoo-Hoo it's a must read :)

Susan Fields said...

I love that poem! Can you believe I've never read it before? I did see The Outsiders, but I don't remember that scene. Sad, I know...I think my brain's just getting too old. :(

Keri Mikulski said...

Love the poem. :)

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

i love robert frost...

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I loved the Outsiders, both the book and the movie! Great post, Kelly!

DEZMOND said...

I loooooooove THE KILLERS and can't wait to hear Brandon Flowers' solo album which is coming out this year :)

Sliding on the Edge said...

I've loved Hinton's books forever. Glad others love her too. Thanks for the poetry and the Hinton moment.

Nishant said...

That's great.
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