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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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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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