Are you digging on my grave?

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You people need to brush up on your British Literature. This poem was written in 1914. Hardy was a MODERNIST; between WWI and WWII Modernists wanted to blow your mind and make you think in new ways. This poem is not meant to be romantic, or explore how you will be remembered. It was about shocking the audience and forcing them to work at interpreting the text. Hardy was playing with points ofviews (psychological realism), relative truth, and alienation. There were three of the five ideals of the Modern Era. It goes DEEPER than a dog digging on a grave, and if that is the only way you interpret it than you are doing Thomas Hardy an injustice!
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I think this poem is based on REALISM. In other words, the author is attempting to describe human behavior and surroundings exactly athey appear in life. In the poem, Thomas Hardy show the husband remarrying and her kith and kin saying that there is no use of putting flowers near her grave. The poem doesn't talk about their feelings. If the poem did, then the poem would be a ROMANTICISM poem. If you read the other postings ; they will tell you what the husband and the kin may have thought about. The husband might be thinking thefollowing: If you dwell in the past, your life will be bad. So maybe that is why he remarried. Think of the other people and think what they might be thinking.
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It�s human nature for people to wonder what reactions will be elicited by the loved ones they leave behind, and society is accustomed to thinking that the mourning process is experienced by everyone, andthat one�s memory will last forever. However, Thomas Hardy presents a different, shocking scenario of life after death, in his poem, �Ah, Are You Digging On My Grave.�
The poem commences with the question �Ah, are you digging on my grave�, and the reader immediately recognizes what is taking place, because the scene that is presented is one that any and everyone can relate to. The reader may notknow who the speaker is, but that doesn�t change the fact, that one can identify with the curiosity the speaker feels, because of the thought, �how will I be remembered, and how will life continue go on without me� floats about in every single living mind. In contrast, the poem also delivers thoughts, emotions, and actions, not typically associated with the deceased and bereaved.
Although themessage within the poem is shocking, it is undeniably one that speaks to the reader and touches a tender piece of his or her heart. Hardy successfully creates this effect many ways. Even without the content, the structure of the poem is worth discussing. For instance, all but the last two stanzas open with a question, from the first speaker, and the stanzas close with a reply from the second and everystanza consists of the same rhyme scheme: ABCCCB. This repetitive style acts as a formula, which allows the reader to become familiar with the poem. With that, the reader begins to anticipate what will happen next, and just when a satisfying answer seems to be within reach, the reader is let down. Hardy finally reveals who the second speaker is, but the answer is extremely disappointing and aperfect example of anticlimax. The last two stanzas are written each from a single point of view, which is a perfect format to allow the reader to closely analyze how each party feels about the situation.
In the first stanza, the speaker is revealed to be a woman, and she believes the visitor to be a �loved one� who is �planting rue,� a yellow flower associated with grief. However, she discoversgrief is the last thing on her husband�s mind considering just �yesterday he went to wed / one of the brightest wealth has bred� and ignorantly believes �[his actions] cannot hurt her now� because she is dead. Often, the same events unfold in today�s society, which contradicts the statements made about unconditionally loving one another forever and always, but fulfill the vows till death do us part....
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