Mini-Arguments on  Mood



Excellent Example of a Mini-Argument on "Not Waving but Drowning"





     The poem "Not Waving but Drowning" has a heartbroken mood.  The words spoken by the narrator: "Nobody heard him" and "But still he lay moaning" sound to me as if the dead person was lonely in life and had emotional pain.  Also the drowning person saying, "Oh, no no no, it was too cold always" shows that he was always hurting inside and no one was there for him.  The sight the poem gives of a person drowning and not being understood also makes it heartbroken because it is sad to see someone struggle and fail, especially when no one really gives them the time of day.  So I do think it's heartbroken.