Analysis of Ah, Are you Digging on My Grace?

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The poem under analysis is called Ah, Are you Digging on My Grace? and it is written by the novelist and poet Thomas Hardy. There are two main speakers in the poem, although other characters were referred to as well. The first main speaker is a deceased woman, who is trying to identify the visitor of her grave. The second main speaker is her living feline companion, which responds to her questions. The dog quotes other characters whom presence is questioned by the woman. The referred-to characters are her lover, family members, and enemy. The poem is essentially a dialog between the woman and her dog. She is astounded to sense that someone is “digging” on her grave, and is disappointed every time she provides an anxious guess. The woman’s…show more content…
On the other hand, the dog not only disaffirms her guesses, but adds to the insensitivity by including a deplorable reason of their absence. Another ironic idea is faithfulness, where dogs are generally considered to be the most faithful, and in this case the dog did not even realize it was her grave. The unresolved disappointment or loneliness within the dead woman is in itself tension. It seems as if she was waiting for a sign of visit, and when it arrived, was not what she was expecting. Therefore, disappointment was present before, during, and after the dialog with her dog. The statements which her loved ones (and enemy) had said were assumed to be unheard by her. Although, when it had reached her, it opposed what she thought of initially. She was indeed hurt by her lover’s immediate marriage, her family’s unconcern to mourn, and thought her enemy would still hold a grudge. There is a contradiction between speculation and reality. The poem Ah, Are You Digging on My Grave? puts optimism and pessimism in conflict, but resolves it by asserting pessimism. If the actual rhythm is considered, it is continuous throughout the entire poem, following a composition of “ABCCB”. Seeing that pessimism is existent from beginning to end, it is emphasizes by a rhythm that does not change throughout the entire poem. It is as if pessimism will still exist even after the end of the dialogue. Rhyme provides a singing tone to any

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