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Analysis of the Poems "Titanic" and "Refinement" by David R. Slavitt

***** *****. Slavitt is a well-known poet ***** film critic of the Newsweek M*****gazine, and as a literary writer, he has already published almost seventy-three volumes of poetry, ***** one of the most interesting and memorable poems written ***** David ***** are the ***** "Titanic" and "Refinement." Both poems illustrate a speci*****l message that can be applied to any individual through a personal and social perspective. Because ***** this special and interesting theme in Slavitt's poem, a critic*****l analysis will be made. These two ***** will ***** critically analyzed according to its theme and message (implicit and explicit).

***** first poem, in '*****," Slavitt uses the ship Titanic and its history in sending out a ***** ***** ***** ***** about the high-class people of the society. The ***** extends the message about an individual's longing, w*****t, and preference to 'drown first-class,' just like what happened to the passengers ***** crew of ***** famous ***** Titanic. However, despite the fact that Slavitt seems to be voicing out an opinion that favors the high-class society ***** Tit*****ic's passengers, Slavitt also extends a message ***** is a serious social issue: the poem "Titanic" is a poem meant to criticize and take notice of the elite class of ***** society: the poem uses a his*****rical event such as ***** sinking of the Titanic to remind us readers of the lesson everybody learned with what ***** to the ship, that is, ***** ***** 'high and mighty' is still vulnerable to danger, especially natural ones. This main point is sarcastically delivered in the poem "Titanic," and a line-by-line ***** will be provided in order ***** underst*****nd ***** sarcastic tone and the satire in *****'s poem.

The first stanza of ***** poem illustrates the h*****torical importance ***** the s*****king of ***** ship Titanic, and Slavitt immediately 'steers' his readers in his attitude ***** awe and admiration to the prestige that comes with ***** privilege in ********** one of the passengers ***** the ***** ***** ("If they sold passage tomorrow... who would not buy?"). The seconds stanza goes straight to the point: Slavitt immediately refers to ***** tragic sinking of the ship, but ***** ***** this event/situation to again illustrate his seemingly na ve and irritating outlook about the rich people. Slavitt displays ***** in 'going down' with the rich people, the high-***** of the society: "To go down...But with crowds, people, friends, servants, well fed, with music, ***** lights! Ah!" He also gives us ***** point of view of many people, ***** will treat the event (the ***** of the ship Titanic) as a tr*****gic one, but *****re is hypocrisy even in the act of mourning, ***** this is shown in Slavitt's line saying, "And the world, shocked, mourns as it ought to do and al***** never does." Slavitt accepts and knows ***** hypocritical reasoning and act, and this shows ***** even though he acts in awe about the rich, *****class people, he is aware that

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