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

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

***** first poem, in '*****," Slavitt uses the ship Titanic and its history in sending out a ***** ***** ***** mess*****ge about the high-class people of the society. The ***** extends the message about an individual*****s longing, want, and 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 ***** ********** passengers, Slavitt also ***** a ***** ***** is a serious social *****sue: ***** poem "Tit*****ic" is a poem meant to criticize and take notice of the elite class of the *****: ***** poem ***** a his*****rical event such as the sinking of ***** Titanic to remind us readers of the lesson everybody learned with what happened to ***** 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 "Titanic," and a line-by-line ***** will be provided in order ***** understand ***** sarcastic tone and the satire in Slavitt's poem.

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

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