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Not Waving but Drowning

Not Waving but Drowning

  

by Stevie Smith

Not Waving but Drowning Isolation Quotes

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Quote #4

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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