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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