The Outsiders
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Read to Understand: Allusion

An allusion is a reference to a literary work or historical place or even in a piece of literature.

In Chapter 5, Ponyboy recites a poem by Robert Frost to Johnny. This has meaning to both boys. Mark the poem to show figurative language: words or phrases that stand for ideas.

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Natureís first green is gold,

her hardest hue to hold.

Her early leafís a flower.

But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.

So Eden sank to grief,

So down goes down to day.

Nothing gold can stay.



Subject: What is the poem about?

Theme: What is the poemís meaning or message?

Tone: What is the authorís attitude toward the subject?

BONUS: What is the allusion in the poem?

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