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Stanzas 4 and 5 of the poem "Ah, Are You digging on my grave" By Thomas HardyStanzas 4...

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bayleef999 | Student | eNoter

Posted February 2, 2013 at 10:07 AM via web

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Stanzas 4 and 5 of the poem "Ah, Are You digging on my grave" By Thomas Hardy

Stanzas 4 and 5 add a new dimension to the poem.  What is the poet's view of the one who lies beneath the grave?  How does the last stanza contradict this view?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 2, 2013 at 2:50 PM (Answer #2)

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The poet discovers that it is a dog digging on his grave.  The speaker is happy, because she thinks the dog's fidelity has extended beyond her life.  Unfortunately, in the last stanza she discovers that the dog is just burying a bone.

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