Poetry in voice
The poem I picked is “Not Waving But
Drowning” by Stevie Smith. This poem depicts the story of a man who is drowning
far away from the place where other people are. Those seeing him think that he
is waving hands just as greeting, while the man is drowning and struggling with
death. The man dies after a while. The people think of the reasons he might
have died, including the coldness of the water and heart failure. They also
regret that they have lost such a good man.
This poem is talking about the problems people
come up against nowadays, the idea of isolation due to being misunderstood by
the society. In this poem, the poet is talking about the difficulties of
communication and the isolation of the individuals in the modern society.
Tacitly, she is talking about her isolation by using words that describe
distance, such as ‘far’ and ‘further’ as a symbol for her own feelings. The
main reason I picked this poem is that this social problem is disregarded by
the majority of society.
Memorizing this poem was both easy and
enjoyable since I think it is meaningful and educative. Furthermore, it helps
us obtain a better understanding of the world around us, and that how people
misjudge each other, without knowing each other, and its consequences. Although
this poem is only a few lines, making it simple to memorize, understanding the
concepts lying among the words requires deep thinking.
To sum up, this poem is the best-known poem
of Stevie Smith in which both physical and emotional isolation are explored by
imaging a drowned man. ‘Not Waving But Drowning’ is one of those poems in which
the reader draws upon his
or her own experience to interpret the poem. It is a short poem consisting of
only twelve lines; however, understanding this poem is not as easy as it looks since
it contains so many factors that make the poem very ambiguous and has deep