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

David R. Slavitt is a well-known poet ***** film critic ***** the Newsweek M*****gazine, and as a literary writer, he has already published almost seventy-three volumes of *****ry, and one ***** the most interesting ***** memorable poems written ***** David Slavitt 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 of this special and interesting ********** in ********** poem, a critical analysis will be made. These two ***** will be critically analyzed according to its theme and message (implicit and explicit).

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

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


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