What is a summary of "Is My Team Ploughing"?

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The poem "Is My Team Ploughing" by A. E. Housman was first published in 1896 as a part of the poet's collection called A Shropshire Lad . It consists of a dialog between a man who has died and his friend who is still alive. The dead man asks questions,...

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The poem "Is My Team Ploughing" by A. E. Housman was first published in 1896 as a part of the poet's collection called A Shropshire Lad. It consists of a dialog between a man who has died and his friend who is still alive. The dead man asks questions, and the living man responds with answers. There are four questions and four answers altogether for a total of eight stanzas.

First the dead man asks about the team of horses with the jingling harness that he used to plough with, and his living friend assures him that the team is well and still ploughing the land.

Next, the dead man asks if boys still play football along the river shore, and his friend replies that the boys still play the game with great enthusiasm.

The dead man's next question is about the woman that he loved. He inquires about her welfare, particularly about whether she has got over her grief and sorrow after his death. His living friend tells him that she isn't weeping anymore and is happy.

Finally, the dead man asks whether the friend to whom he is speaking is happy. The living friend replies that he is well. He is comforting the sweetheart of a dead man, and the implication is that his friend is now together with the dead man's former lover.

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