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Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep Analysis

Author: Poetry of Mary Elizabeth Frye Type: Poetry Views: 2129

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Do not stand at my grave and weep

I am not there. I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.

I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain.

I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning's hush

I am the swift uplifting rush

Of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry;

I am not there. I did not die.


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when i first read this poem, i was touched. i love the rhyme scheme and the meaning is so powerful. its one of my favourites.

| Posted on 2010-10-20 | by a guest

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I know this poem is about bereavement but I still haven't managed to get a meaning from it without such a broad choice of topic.. the last few lines indicate -to me- denial of circumstance. Or is it supposed to be read on behalf of the deceased, To reassure the people they've left behind?
I first heard this in Desperate Housewives.. And alot of people think that television is shallow and for mere entertainment -which it is of course- but it touches on some deep topics.. After all, the people behind television are people too, No different to you or I..
This poem to me is amazing.. unlike others sharing the same topic, it is not depressing, which for these times is hard to avoid.

| Posted on 2009-09-01 | by a guest

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On 25th March 2009, this beautiful and moving poem,
"Do not stand on my grave and weep" was touchingly recited at the Sydney Opera House by Ms Lin Utzon.
It was a fitting finale to Australia's one hour nationally televised "Tribute" to Lin's father, Joern Utzon, the Danish architectural genius responsible for the design of the world famous arts theatre and Opera House.
Mr Utzon passed away at the age of 90 on 29th November 2008.
John Hay x

| Posted on 2009-03-26 | by a guest

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I find that this poem is one of Memory; Even though the person whose P.O.V this poem takes is gone, they do not wish their family any more pain as they are with them always.

| Posted on 2008-10-22 | by a guest

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first the rythem is flows smothly throughout the piece.
secondly the word choice is refreshing because of its lack of repition descriptiveness.
thridly the words that where choosen were to convay a stonge image and yet keeping strickly to the point. it made the consistane of the peom not over drawn.
i tend not to be found of "i am" even in high school english class the emphys is to drop the use of "i am " with in all writings. yet i can not see how dropping it in this peom would impove its quality. it would rather distroy it entirelly. i read the comment on the oringin of this poem and do not know what to think except who ever took the time to write this and send it to the parents had to known the heart of God. its beauty within death attracts me as a reader. "Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die" this quote is classic from a chirstain stand point. the angels telling mery the jesus in no longer in the tomb and so forth. to make it part of the world and so public is to open peoples minds to what is beond death. over all assment is that i would have to spend a great deal more time studying the peom to give it justice.

| Posted on 2004-12-10 | by snufthepunk28

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from: http://poeticportal.net/ABCD/cummins-steve.html

The poem, "Do not Stand at my Grave and Weep" was left in an envelope for his parents by a soldier by the name of Stephens Cummins who at the age of 24 was killed on active service in Nothern Ireland, when a mine blew up an armoured car near Londonderry to be opened in the event of his death. The poem alludes to those mourning a loved one, and was read in 1995, on the BBC TV on Remembrance Day by Mr Cummins' father. Many assumed at first that the soldier had written it, but later this proved to be false.
Since then, the true origin still remains a mystery but, there are several authors that claim authorship: Mary Frye Gwydion Penderwen Joyce Fossen Albert Spengler
This poem is hailed in the press as "the most requested poem in the English language in the past 60 years" and "the poem that takes the nation by storm."

It has been read at memorials repeatedly over the years, ie.,: various celebrities, and the five astronauts who died in the Challenger space shuttle disaster.

| Posted on 2004-11-08 | by Approved Guest

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