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Not Waving but Drowning

Not Waving but Drowning

by Stevie Smith

Not Waving but Drowning: (Not Too) Far Out Interpretations True or False

1. What theme does the poem address most directly?Death
2. In the poem, what does swimming probably represent metaphorically?Having fun
3. Why does the dead man repeat himself in stanza 3?To correct the others' misunderstanding
4. How can the dead man still be talking?We don't know
5. How do we know the other people are wrong about the dead man?Because they seem like terrible liars

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