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Not Waving But Drowning

Rating: 4.2
Nobody heard him, the dead man,
But still he lay moaning:
I was much further out than you thought
And not waving but drowning.

Poor chap, he always loved larking
And now he's dead
It must have been too cold for him his heart gave way,
They said.
Oh, no no no, it was too cold always
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COMMENTS
Ask Whatever 19 February 2021
this is beuatful and sad, i so feel like that. sad and unhappy but pretending to be happy
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Mahtab Bangalee 09 December 2019
Oh, no no no, it was too cold always (Still the dead one lay moaning) I was much too far out all my life And not waving but drowning. // oh very heart touching poem penned; it's the reality
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Donald 26 November 2018
Not Waving but Drowning on music! You will find my version at https: //soundcloud.com/donaldhoutgraaf/not-waving-but-drowning-poem-by-stevie-smith
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Graham Symonds 21 May 2018
To many interpretations excepting the first lines
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Naida Nepascua Supnet 20 September 2014
TIM MANZANO understood the poem perfectly as if he wrote it himself nice poem- something to ponder 10 points
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Leslie Philibert 20 September 2014
It helps to have a look at Stevie Smith`s life to understand her style. I detect a slight pre-Plathian tendency in her work, in the sense she was too a confessional poet.
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Aftab Alam Khursheed 20 September 2014
In this poem and the comments read carefully but the comment made by TIM MANZANO covers the poem....what i think, if one is away from the fact e.g a man swimming, waving, his movements of arm and hand is clearly seen..one may think he is enjoying whereas fact is..he is drowning..a message deeds and action that kills..wolf..wolf..non turned up..larking...thats the end of joy
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* Sunprincess * 18 June 2014
.............so true....most people who are drowning..... are thought to be waving...
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Colleen Courtney 18 May 2014
Such a great poem but so incredibly sad.
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Tim Manzano 09 January 2014
This is about being misunderstood. I have been too far out all my life as well. NOTHING to do with depression. He was a joker (larking) and when he actually needed help everybody thought he was joking around. (misunderstood) . Wonderful poem.
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