Smith, Stevie. "Not Waving but Drowning".
- a poetic snippet describing the death of a man from the different perspectives of the drowned one and of those discussing his death
- generally people think he drowned as a result of a heart attack caused by the cold weather
- the dead one moans and complaints about his always being misunderstood: it was not the cold x but: he was too far to be heard, more far than people thought, and "not waving but drowning"
- free verse, rhymed refrain
- ballad-like: direct speech, the irrational or supernatural in the speech of the dead man, etc.
- sadly contemplates the last tragic misunderstanding between the man and the world which never achieved any understanding of him
AuthorSmith, Stevie. (1902 - 1971).
Full Title"Not Waving but Drowning".
First PublishedIn: Not Waving but Drowning. London: Andre Deutsch, 1957.
Smith, Stevie. "Not Waving but Drowning". (1957). Collected Poems. London: Penguin, 1985.