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

***** R. Slavitt is a well-known poet and film critic of the Newsweek Magazine, and as a literary writer, he has already published almost seventy-three volumes of *****ry, and one of the most interesting ***** memorable poems written by David ***** are the poems "Titanic" and "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 theme in Slavitt's poem, a critic*****l analysis will be made. These two ***** will ***** critically analyzed according to its ***** and ***** (implicit and explicit).

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

The first stanza of the poem illustrates the h*****torical importance ***** ***** sinking of the ship *****, and Slavitt immediately 'steers' his readers in his attitude of awe and admiration to the prestige that comes ***** the privilege ***** ********** one of the passengers of the famous ***** ("If *****y 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 ***** uses this event/situation to again illustrate his seemingly na ve and irritating outlook about ***** rich *****. Slavitt displays ***** in 'go*****g down' with the rich people, the high-***** 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 sinking of the ship Titanic) as a tr*****gic one, ***** *****re is hypocrisy even in the act of *****ourning, ***** 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 re*****oning and act, ***** this shows ***** even though he acts in awe about t***** rich, high-class people, he is aware that


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