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Copy of Ah, Are You Digging On My Grave? - Poetry Analysis

A poetry panel project for AP Literature and Composition.
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Leonard Zhang

on 5 February 2013

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Transcript of Copy of Ah, Are You Digging On My Grave? - Poetry Analysis

Ah, Are You Digging On My Grave? Theme: After death, people are forgotten and become
nothing but a memory Reading a Poem Subject: Woman buried in her grave, wondering who is
digging upon it. Main subject is death Lyric: No Narrative Poem: Tells a story, yes Tone: Negative emotions. Woman is narrator, tone shows
all that we love will forget about us

Stanza 1: Afectionate
Stanza 2: Confusion
Stanza 3: Accusing
Stanza 4: Incredulous
Stanza 5: Recognition; familiarity
Stanza 6: Informative and guilty Persona: Old woman, dog, family, lover, enemy Irony: Dog is supposed to be loyal, and forgets it's owner Voice Abstract poetry:
"...That shuts on all flesh soon or late,
She thought you no more worth her hate,
And cares not where you lie."

Allusion: Death - narrator deceased

Word Order:
“Ah, are you digging on my grave,
My loved one? — planting rue?”
- Includes subject (noun), action, and indirect object in
lines

Poetic Diction: Common vocabulary, older diction

Vulgate: No

Type of English: General
Words Denotation: Digging - act of being dug
Mound - refers to grave
Bone - something a dog plays with

Connotation: "One of the brightest wealth has bred." - A wealthy bride
"That one true heart was left behind!" - The narrator's dog

Symbol: Flowers - left at loved one's grave
The Gate - place entered after death
Mound - grave where body lies
Saying and Suggesting Image: something digging on her grave; loosens her spirit from Death's gin

Visual: Rue, flowers, gate, dog, bone

Auditory: None

Tactile: The dog digging

Olfactory: None

Gustatory: None
Imagery Metaphor: None

Simile: None

Personification:
"No tendance of her mound can loose/Her spirit from Death's gin"
"Nay: when she heard you had passed the Gate/That shuts on all flesh or late"

Understatement: None

Metonymy: Grave - dead
Digging - dog

Synecdoche: My nearest dearest kin? - best friend
Death's gin - being dead
Resting place - grave

Movements: Digging and burying bone

Paradox: None

Pun: None

Figures of Speech Repitition of digging/dig/dug

Similar line lengths, varying between 4-7

As -- pauses

No meter, does not effect poem at all

Good imagery words
Sound/Rhythm Open Form: None

Closed Form:
“Ah, are you digging on my grave, (a)
My loved one? — planting rue?” (b)
— “No: yesterday he went to wed (c)
One of the brightest wealth has bred. (c)
‘It cannot hurt her now,’ he said, (c)
‘That I should not be true.’” (b)

Blank Verse: None
Supposed to be unrhymed iambic pentameter

Couplet: No

Closed Couplet:
— “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.’”
Closed Form, Open Form “Ah, are you digging on my grave, (a)
My loved one? — planting rue?” (b)
— “No: yesterday he went to wed (c)
One of the brightest wealth has bred. (c)
‘It cannot hurt her now,’ he said, (c)
‘That I should not be true.’” (b)
Quatrain: None
Stanza or complete poem of four lines

Syllabic Verse: None

Stanza - Sestet: Six lines

Sonnet: No
Made up of fourteen lines

Octave: No
abba abba - Eight lines iambic pentameter
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