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This handout / worksheet is designed to enable an in-depth teaching and preparation of the poem "Not Waving but Drowning" by Stevie Smith. The poem is also on the IGCSE English Literature curriculum for exams in 2020 and 2021..
The handout includes:
1) Short biography and introduction to the poet - Stevie Smith
2) The poem text with information about the context of composition, line numbers to facilitate a close-reading, and a glossary of unusual or difficult vocabulary.
3) Critical commentary about the poet.
4) Comprehension, Close reading and analysis questions.
5) Additional writing tasks and creative writing prompts.