Not Drowning But Waving: Stevie Smith and the Language of the Lake

Mallot, J. Edward
September 2003
Journal of Modern Literature;Fall2003, Vol. 27 Issue 1/2, p171
Poetry Review
The article discusses the symbolic significance of water and drowning in the poetry of Stevie Smith, with particular focus given to the well-known poem "Not Waving But Drowning." Smith's use of multiple voices in her poetry is examined, and the argument that they reflect different expectations and possibilities for men and women is explored.


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