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In this assignment I am going to talk about two poems the first one is Not waving but Drowning and the second one is Song After that I am going to compare and contrast between these two poems Not waving but Drowning by Stevie Smith was written in 1957 I found this poem in a selection Faber 1983 I like this poem because it tells us a serious thing in our life and which the speaker was suffering from that is the death Actually when I have read this poem I felt sorry to the dead man because the victim was obviously desperate to gain his friends understanding but fails once again and his voice is the last as the speaker fades to black Stevie Smith was born in 1902 in Yorkshire England She began writing poetry in her twenties while working at George Newnes Her first book Novel on Yellow Paper was published in 1936 While Smiths volatile attachment to the Church of England is evident in her poetry death her gentle friend is perhaps her most popular subject Smith died of a brain tumor in 1971 Here we can see as the poem reflects to the culture of poet and speaker lived close to the sea It might be the speaker saw her lover when he was drowning in the water and that is why she wrote this poem As we can see here from the title Not waving but Drowning as someone is dead in water Points strongly to the breakdown of communication and lack of understanding which resulted in defeat if not literal death Totally the title fits of sadness of death The speaker shares her feeling of sadness to the people through the poem when the speaker says No body heard him suggests that he was trying to communicate with an unreceptive audience but without benefit The speaker feels that her attempts to call attention
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