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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 M*****gazine, and as a liter*****ry writer, he has already published almost seventy-three volumes of *****ry, and one of the most interesting ***** 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 ***** this special and interesting ********** in Slavitt's poem, a critic*****l 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 his*****ry in sending out a soci*****l ***** ***** message about the high-class people of the society. The poem extends the ***** about an individual*****s longing, w*****t, and preference to 'drown first-class,' just like what happened to the passengers ***** crew of the famous ***** Titanic. However, despite the fact that Slavitt seems to be voicing out an opinion that favors the high-class society ***** Tit*****ic's passengers, ***** also extends a message that is a serious social *****sue: the poem "Titanic" is a ***** meant to criticize and take notice of the elite class of the *****: the poem ***** a historical event such as the sinking of ***** Titanic to remind us readers of 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 to understand ***** sarcastic tone and the satire ***** ***** poem.

***** first stanza of the ***** illustrates the ***** importance of the sinking of the ship Titanic, and Slavitt immediately 'steers' h***** ***** in his attitude of awe and admiration to the prestige that comes ***** the privilege ***** *****ing one of the passengers ***** the famous ***** ("If they 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 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, ***** high-***** of the society: "To go down...But with crowds, people, friends, servants, well fed, with music, with lights! Ah!" He also gives us ***** point of view of m***** people, ***** will treat the event (the sinking of the ship Titanic) as a tragic one, ***** there is hypocrisy even in the act of *****ourn*****g, ***** this is shown in Slavitt's line saying, "And the world, shocked, mourns as it ought to do and almost never **********." Slavitt accepts and knows ***** hypocritical reasoning and act, and this shows ***** even though he acts in awe about ***** rich, high-class people, ***** is aware that

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