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What is Hardy's view of the one in the grave in "Ah, Are You Digging on My Grave?" and how does the last stanza contradict this?

Stanzas 4 and 5 of "Ah, Are You Digging on My Grave"

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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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