What Are Some Traditional Poems for Lost Loved Ones?


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Traditional poems for lost loved ones include "Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep" by Mary Elizabeth Frye and "Death Is Nothing at All" by Henry Scott-Holland. "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas is another traditional poem often used to commemorate lost loved ones.

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Mary Elizabeth Frye never copyrighted "Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep," which was written in 1932 (Frye died in 2004). Henry Scott-Holland was a Professor of Divinity at Oxford when he wrote "Death Is Nothing at All." Holland originally delivered the poem as a sermon in 1910 at St. Paul's Cathedral. "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" is considered one of Dylan Thomas's finest works. It was originally published in 1951 and mentioned often in pop culture, including the blockbuster movie Interstellar in 2014.

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