Poetry Presentation By Shania Mock
Not waving but drowning Stevie Smith Nobody heard him, the dead man, But still he lay moaning; I was much further out than you thought And not waving but drowning. Poor chap, he always loved larking And now he’s dead It must have bee too cold for him his heart gave way, They said. Oh, no nono, it was too cold always (Still the dead one lay moaning) I was much too far out all my life.
Initial Reaction and Speaker Reaction Speaker Guy depressed Everyone thinks he’s happy/he’s not Think just ‘waving’ but ‘drowning’ Want to be happy? Stevie Smith Uses of “I” Back round knowledge Narrator The living The dead guy
Tone and Style Tone Style Anger Depressing/Sad Hate/Dark Pain Jealousy? How the writer wants us to interpret things Refer to tone
Metaphors, Similes, Alliteration, Irony and Symbolism Irony Metaphor Refer to second and third stanza Whole poem a metaphor Comparing life to drowning
Relating the poem Not Waving but Drowning Ask Me pg 643 (Refer to book) More confident(refer to book)