Stevie Smith

(20 September 1902 – 7 March 1971 / Kingston upon Hull)

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Florence Margaret Smith was born on September 20, 1902 in Hull, England. Her father left the family to join the North Sea Patrol when she was just a young girl. She moved at the age of three to Palmers Green where she attended the North London Collegiate School. While still only a teenager her mother died and she and her sister went to live with their spinster aunt. The aunt became an important figure in her life, affectionately known as "The Lion".

After high school she attended North London Collegiate School for Girls. She began as a secretary with the magazine publisher George Newnes and went on to be the private secretary to Sir Nevill Pearson and Sir Frank Newnes.... more »

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  • Rookie Disa Miller (3/5/2006 8:53:00 PM)

    My favorite poem by Stevie Smith (Florence Smith) is 'Nor we of her to him.' I love the brother Grimm touches she put into her poems, it gives it a new flavor. in a way she's was like the Emeril of poetry. she added a little Bam! :)

  • Rookie Darrell Rosenbluth (2/8/2006 5:13:00 PM)

    There's only one poem of Stevie Smith's that I truly love and that's NOT WAVING BUT DROWNING. A wonderful movie about her life was made in the 1970's with Glenda Jackson and Mona Washbourne - great cast and great movie and good for the whole family and S. Smith was a real character - the movie captures an unusual blend of childishness, adult, dreamer, realist, tragic - curious combination. It's on video I know. It's called 'STEVIE'.

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Best Poem of Stevie Smith

Not Waving But Drowning

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 been too cold for him his heart gave way,
They said.

Oh, no no no, it was too cold always
(Still the dead one lay moaning)
I was much too far out all my life
And not waving but drowning.

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