Not Waving but Drowning
Not Waving but Drowning Themes
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The dead man's really on his own out there in "Not Waving but Drowning." Because he's out of reach, physically or metaphorically, there's no one to throw him a line when things get tough. Even wors...
There's a surprising number of voices in this short poem, but an even more surprising lack of real dialogue. No one seems to be connecting with other people in "Not Waving but Drowning." Instead, t...
It's clear to everyone in "Not Waving but Drowning" that the dead man suffered, but just how long or why is a matter of debate (or disinterest). As readers we initially think he's moaning about his...
You'd think that there couldn't be a clearer distinction than the one between life and death, but "Not Waving but Drowning" goes out of its way to muddy the water, so to speak. The focus, after all...
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