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Not Waving but Drowning
Not Waving but Drowning
by Stevie Smith

Not Waving but Drowning Isolation Quotes Page 2

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I was much too far out all my life (11)

Apparently this is about more than just swimming, unless he was trying to set a Guinness World Record. The isolation described is life-long, so swimming is probably a metaphor for living. Do you feel like the dead man is more or less to blame for the isolation when you learn that he's been alone for so long? Are there reasons for the isolation that don't put blame on anyone?

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