Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep By Mary Elizabeth Frye

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The poem I chose to do a close reading essay on was, “Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep” by Mary Elizabeth Frye. “Mary Elizabeth Frye (1905-2004) is an American poet who remains known today for a single poem-a sonnet of just twelve lines-but it may be the most popular poem in the English language. “Do not stand at my grave and weep” is a consoling Holocaust poem and elegy with an interesting genesis, since it was written by a Baltimore housewife who lacked a formal education and had quite never written poetry before, and certainly none of note” (The HyperTexts). The tone of this poem is comforting and helps people find comfort with the view of death. This poem uses a lot of imagery, metaphors, and symbolism. Frye’s, “Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep,” is enlightening people how to handle a death of a loved one while using important parts of the theme such as tone, vocabulary, and overall meaning. The overall tone of “Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep” is comforting. A few other words that could also be used to describe this poem’s tone is hopefulness, emotional, warmth, and inspiration. All of these words fit under the word comforting because they all have to do with consoling someone who is trying to get through a hard time. The author, Mary Elizabeth Frye, used this tone in the poem to help the reader get a better understanding of what they need to do to gain comfort from her reading. Frye also uses a lot of imagery, metaphors, and most importantly symbolism in her poem.

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