Stevie Smith

(20 September 1902 – 7 March 1971 / Kingston upon Hull)

Stevie Smith Poems

1. To The Tune Of The Coventry Carol 4/8/2010
2. Was He Married? 4/8/2010
3. The Face 4/8/2010
4. Tender Only To One 4/8/2010
5. The Airy Christ 4/8/2010
6. Thoughts About The Person From Porlock 4/8/2010
7. The Suburban Classes 4/8/2010
8. Exeat 1/13/2015
9. My Soul 4/8/2010
10. In My Dreams 4/8/2010
11. Conviction (Iii) 1/3/2003
12. Conviction (Ii) 1/3/2003
13. Bag-Snatching In Dublin 1/3/2003
14. My Heart Goes Out 1/3/2003
15. Freddy 1/3/2003
16. Conviction (I) 1/3/2003
17. Do Not! 4/8/2010
18. Conviction (Iv) 1/3/2003
19. Pad, Pad 1/3/2003
20. In The Night 1/3/2003
21. Our Bog Is Dood 1/3/2003
22. Nor We Of Her To Him 1/3/2003
23. Away, Melancholy 1/3/2003
24. Pretty 4/7/2004
25. Sunt Leones 1/3/2003
26. Deeply Morbid 1/3/2003
27. Drugs Made Pauline Vague 1/3/2003
28. Tenuous And Precarious 1/3/2003
29. Infelice 1/3/2003
30. Mother, Among The Dustbins 1/3/2003
31. I Remember 1/3/2003
32. Never Again 1/3/2003
33. Autumn 1/3/2003
34. My Heart Was Full 1/3/2003
35. The Jungle Husband 1/3/2003
36. I Do Not Speak 1/3/2003
37. The Reason 1/3/2003
38. Happiness 1/3/2003
39. The Pleasures Of Friendship 1/3/2003
40. Alone In The Woods 1/3/2003

Comments about Stevie Smith

  • Chuck Taylor (7/9/2018 3:14:00 PM)

    Stevie Smith is one of the most overrated poets I know.

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  • David Taylor Taylor (6/22/2017 4:42:00 PM)

    Teach this poem in high school. Perfect to answer the poetry unit for exams. There is so much to this poem and a theme that touches at some point in their lives.

  • Disa Miller (3/5/2006 8:53:00 PM)

    My favorite poem by Stevie Smith (Florence Smith) is 'Nor we of her to him.' I love the brother Grimm touches she put into her poems, it gives it a new flavor. in a way she's was like the Emeril of poetry. she added a little Bam! :)

  • Darrell Rosenbluth (2/8/2006 5:13:00 PM)

    There's only one poem of Stevie Smith's that I truly love and that's NOT WAVING BUT DROWNING. A wonderful movie about her life was made in the 1970's with Glenda Jackson and Mona Washbourne - great cast and great movie and good for the whole family and S. Smith was a real character - the movie captures an unusual blend of childishness, adult, dreamer, realist, tragic - curious combination. It's on video I know. It's called 'STEVIE'.

Best Poem of Stevie Smith

Not Waving But Drowning

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
(Still the dead one lay moaning)
I was much too far out all my life
And not waving but drowning.

Read the full of Not Waving But Drowning


Happiness is silent, or speaks equivocally for friends,
Grief is explicit and her song never ends,
Happiness is like England, and will not state a case,
Grief, like Guilt, rushes in and talks apace.

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