Hardy was the son of a builder and worked as an architectural apprentice for six years, and an ecclesiastical architect for eleven. You dig upon my grave. Theme: After death, people are forgotten and become nothing but a memory Reading a Poem Subject: Woman buried in her grave, wondering who is digging upon it. The ending is quite ironic—which makes an impact on the reader of betrayal and how lonely death is portrayed in this poetic piece. No One Is Digging on My Grave.
Died: January 11, 1928 Novels and Poetry In 1867, Hardy began writing novels and poems. You dig upon my grave. Why flashed it not to me That one true heart was left behind! It is ironic in that the woman in the grave should be the one experiencing so much loss and the ones alive and well in complete darkness about the plight of their dead and departed. For many historians the start of the Great War signaled the close of the Victorian Age. It is just as easy to understand why literary critics might not consider this poem worth their time, since its message—that a dead woman anxious to find out who has remembered her finds out that no one has—presents critics with no intellectual challenge. Human feelings, according to the poem, are utterly transient. The woman draws our compassion and our ridicule, and this sets up a tug of war between high feeling and ridicule.
Posted on 2012-03-29 by a guest. A sigh from the grave seems to signal a profound meditation on mortality and love. Lines 31-34 In the final stanza, Hardy takes the poem to its highest level of satire as the dog indicates that the bone is a more important than his former mistress. However the number of syllables varies in each line, which means the poem is not constrained by its structure. He was born on 2 June 1840. Though the poem contains a humorous tone, the picture Hardy paints is bleak; the dead are almost completely eliminated from the memory of the living and do not enjoy any form of contentment. It was marked by abrupt changes in tempo and dynamics; it was not music that could be easily hummed.
To them, she is just a bunch of bones buried in the ground, and no longer of any importance. It centre's around the idea of 'noticing things,' showing the narrators precision and the ambivalence of his neighbours. As there is nothing for the buried woman to do but accept the antithetical statements presented by the dog, there is little for the reader to do but accept that the living do, with time, abandon the dead. The atmosphere is set in the first two lines. What feeling do we ever find To equal among human kind A dog's fidelity! Rue is a shrub that symbolizes sorrow, so the corpse is really asking her loved one both if he is planting flowers on her grave and if he is feeling sorrow about her death. Art had moved rapidly from pure representation through Impressionism, a genre focused on light and perception and featuring experiments in color by artists like Cezanne and Matisse. Or do we retain the consciousness that we have died? Dignity is nothing but an ephemeral idea.
Since her loved one and her relatives have forsaken her memory, she imagines that the digging is being done by a woman she disliked in her life, perhaps a rival. Picasso and other painters after him reduced their subjects to geometrical shapes, as seem from different points of view. Death has evaded love and life is in shambles. When the dog is burying a bone on his dead mistress's grave, it symbolizes how the people she knew while she was alive now view her. She ponders upon the possibility that her beloved is the one who is digging to revive her, or is digging to plant seeds of regret. But is this wholly true? This definition of rue seems to hint at the true nature of the relationship between the woman and the loved one. As with her loved ones, her enemy too considers her to be as insignificant as a shadow.
The woman-corpse wants to believe that her former acquaintances remember her and are affected by her death, but she continually finds out that the opposite is true: they have little concern for her now that she is dead. In life, maybe she deserved this scorn. Rue is a shrub that symbolizes sorrow, so the corpse is really asking her loved one both if he is planting flowers on her grave and if he is feeling sorrow about her death. In a way its aslo saying you have to move on because theres nothing you can do to bring someone back to life and the dead are dead they dont talk to animal or humans, they cannot see or hear anything that happening on earth. He gives them human traits like the ability to speak and feel emotions.
Why flashed it not to me That one true heart was left behind! So maybe that is why he remarried. She seeks sustenance from the fidelity of the dog as opposed to the infidel humans. Walt wrote this as if he was a child and how they experience the world. Poetry has a long history, dating back to the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh. It seems she has been able to find sustenance at last. In the first stanza she asks if it is her male loved one who is doing the digging with the intention of planting rue. We feel critical of the living characters.
Hardy uses personification with the corpse and the dog. Rue is a shrub that symbolizes sorrow, so the corpse is really asking her loved one both if he is planting flowers on her grave and if he is feeling sorrow about her death. She is, like a living character would be, unable to see due to her permanent enclosure. The lady is euphoric for she has ultimately found support in whatever manner it might be. Not one of them ,not her lover or family or even dog,give her a second thought anymore. If it's plausible as an alternative, it enriches the text with a little ambiguity. Victorian Qualities Focuses on the uncertainty of human behavior.
The books treated controversial issues such as adultery and sexuality outside marriage with candor. These lines also suggest some underlying elements that can help us to better understand the situation. Past events left their mark on the mind in the form of repressed desires and fantasies which affected our behavior even when we were not aware of them. Until I checked in my dictionary I was unaware there is a plant called rue. An important aspect to the poem's structure is that it is written sequentially in order to prepare the reader for an unsettling ending.