Analysis Of Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep

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Taylor Luck 2/26/18 Gonzalez Poem Explication Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep “Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep” is a 12-line monologue between a newly deceased woman and her loved ones, written by Mary Elizabeth Frye. Frye wrote this poem in the 1930s anonymously and did not claim the poem as her own until the 1990s. This was the only poem she published. This poem shows the theme that death is not as permanent as people think. The dead will always make their way back to the earth, continuing to co-exist in the living world. Those who are still living need to find their peace with the death of the one they lost. Frye uses multiple literary elements, such as tone, sentence structure, parallelism, metaphors, symbolism, as well as imagery and repetition to get this theme a crossed to the reader. Frye’s poem is considered to be a rule breaking sonnet with twelve lines. English sonnets are normally written in iambic pentameter, but Frye’s is unique. This poem is written mainly in loose iambic tetrameter, having mainly 8 syllables per line. Frye 's sonnet is written in heroic couplets, with the rhyme scheme of AABBCCDDEEFF. The lines in between these couplets have sounds that are softer with the images of peacefulness within nature. Frye opens the poem with strong use of tone that quickly defines the theme of the poem. The poem begins with, ‘Do not stand at my grave and weep; / I am not there. I do not sleep” (Frye 1-2). The speaker is someone who has died recently

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