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Not Waving but Drowning

Not Waving but Drowning


by Stevie Smith

Not Waving but Drowning: Drowned in Sound Quiz

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Q. What verse form roughly describes this poem?

Free verse
Blank verse
Ballad stanza
Q. What metrical foot is most common in the poem?

Q. Which line shows alliteration?

But still he lay moaning:
And not waving but drowning.
It must have been too cold for him his heart gave way
And now he's dead
Q. Which pair of words from the poem shows feminine rhyme?

man / thought
moaning / drowning
dead / said
larking / way
Q. What's the poem's refrain?

Nobody heard him, the dead man,
Poor chap, he always loved larking
And now he's dead
And not waving but drowning.