Not Waving but Drowning by Stevie Smith
Not Waving but Drowning by Stevie Smith ENG 150
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Date Created: 02/14/16
Not Waving but Drowning ENG 150-05 2/12/16 Not Waving but Drowning by Stevie Smith (Link). Is it possible for anyone to truly understand anyone else? Tone Lost Desperate Misunderstood Defeated Reflecting Depressed? The dead man, what was he like, how did he behave? “Poor chap, he always loved larking” He liked joking around Kind of like the boy who cried wolf. Deserving of sympathy Who is at fault, the man or the speaker? The observer He should have helped, should have known The Man He went too far out, it’s his own mistake He didn’t make it clear he was drowning Should have tried harder “I was much too far out all my life”. She has made herself “one type of person” She has made some type of mistake. She has created a distance between her and others, there isn’t an understanding There’s a distance between her and other people. “And not waving but drowning” She was trying to get help, but no one was understanding They don’t understanding the depth of their misunderstanding Not Waving but Drowning ENG 150-05 2/12/16 What’s the difference between waving and drowning? Waving Happy thing / greeting Positive Drowning Panicking / departure This shows the difference between appearance and reality. On the surface this poem looks like it is about a man drowning at the beach. But when one takes a closer look at it one realizes that it is about a man died, not because he didn’t try and seek help, but because he framed himself as a happy person who likes to play around. This causes no one to believe that he is dying when it actually happens.
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