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

***** *****. Slavitt is a well-known poet ***** film critic ***** the Newsweek Magazine, and as a liter*****ry writer, he has already published almost seventy-three volumes of poetry, 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 *****me in Slavitt's poem, a critical analysis will be made. These two poems will ***** critically analyzed according to its theme and message (implicit and explicit).

***** first poem, in 'Titanic," Slavitt uses the ship Titanic and its his*****ry in sending out a ***** and ***** ***** about the high-class people of the 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 the famous ship Titanic. However, despite the fact that Slavitt seems to be voicing out an opinion that favors the high-class society ***** Titanic's passengers, ***** also extends a message ***** is a serious social **********: ***** poem "Titanic" is a poem meant to criticize and take notice of the elite class of ***** *****: the poem ***** 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, that the 'high ***** 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 to underst*****nd the sarcastic tone and ***** satire in ***** poem.

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


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