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

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

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

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


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