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Ah, Are You Digging on My Grave?

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Transcript of Ah, Are You Digging on My Grave?

Ah, Are You Digging on My Grave?
By Thomas Hardy

The Way out
"Ah, Are You Digging On My Grave? Analysis." Thomas Hardy : Summary Explanation Meaning Overview Essay Writing Critique Peer Review Literary Criticism Synopsis Online Education. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Apr. 2014.
Others' interpretations
"This poem explains how after someone passes, they are often forgotten. Hardy uses irony to show how arrogant humans are and how we expect things too much. Also, the lack of apathy towards someone due to their lack of apathy whilst alive. In all, Hardy uses the \"treat others as you want to be treated\" deal in his poem \"Ah, Are You Digging My Grave?\" and expresses that humans continue to live life and move on from those who pass, and having no respect for the dead who were disrespectful or just not good people."
"Ah, are you digging on my grave
My loved one? -- planting rue?"
-- "No, yesterday he went to wed
One of the brightest wealth has bred.
'It cannot hurt her now,' he said,
'That I should not be true.'"

"Then who is digging on my grave?
My nearest dearest kin?"
-- "Ah, no; they sit and think, 'What use!
What good will planting flowers produce?
No tendance of her mound can loose
Her spirit from Death's gin.' "

"But some one digs upon my grave?
My enemy? -- prodding sly?"
-- "Nay: when she heard you had passed the Gate
That shuts on all flesh soon or late,
She thought you no more worth her hate,
And cares not where you lie."

"Then, who is digging on my grave?
Say -- since I have not guessed!"
-- "O it is I, my mistress dear,
Your little dog, who still lives near,
And much I hope my movements here
Have not disturbed your rest?"

"Ah yes! You dig upon my grave . . .
Why flashed it not on me
That one true heart was left behind!
What feeling do we ever find
To equal among human kind
A dog's fidelity!"

"Mistress, I dug upon your grave
To bury a bone, in case
I should be hungry near this spot
When passing on my daily trot.
I am sorry, but I quite forgot
It was your resting-place."
Speaker is a woman in her grave
She has been disturbed from her resting place

She is hopeful that someone she loves has come to pay their respects
Dark Humor
Sound Techniques
Rhyme Scheme: ABCCCB
Our Interpretation
We very much agree with the source. The humor is used very subtly, so that it is easy to miss the meaning of the poem. However, if looked upon closely the humor only adds to the meaning; the dead woman is wishing/hoping that someone has come to see her grave. She has become so "lonely" that she doesn't care whether it is a loved one or a hated enemy. While still alive the woman probably never gave a second thought to those dead whom she once loved, and now because of this, or because she was just a rotten person during life, none of her loved ones mourn her. Even her dog has forgotten about her. The overall theme is most likely something to the effect of "If you want someone to love you, you must also love them"

Non-Metric: In order to put all of the main ideas into the poem
Meaning of the Theme
Death is peaceful but it can be lonely
Eventually people have to accept death
Style Techniques
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