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

David *****. 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 poetry, and one of the most interesting and memorable poems written by David ***** are the ***** "Titanic" ***** "Refinement." Both poems illustrate a speci*****l message that can be applied to any individual through a personal and social perspective. Because ***** this special and interesting theme in Slavitt's poem, a critic*****l analysis will be made. These two ***** will ***** critically analyzed according to its theme and message (implicit and explicit).

***** first poem, in 'Titanic," Slavitt uses the ship Titanic ***** its his*****ry in sending out a ***** *****nd ***** message about the high-class people of ***** society. The ***** extends the ***** about an individual's longing, w*****t, and preference to 'drown first-class,' just like what happened ***** 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 ***** ********** passengers, ***** also extends a message that is a serious social issue: ***** poem "Titanic" is a ***** meant to criticize and take notice of the elite class of ***** society: the poem ***** a historical event such as the sinking of the 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 "*****," and a line-*****-line ***** will be provided in order ***** underst*****nd the sarcastic tone and ***** satire in ***** poem.

***** first stanza of the poem illustrates the h*****torical importance of ***** sinking of the ship Titanic, and Slavitt immediately 'steers' his ***** in ***** attitude of awe ***** admiration to the prestige that comes with the privilege in being one of the passengers of the famous ***** ("If ********** 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 ***** event/situation to again illustrate his seemingly na ve and irritating outlook about ***** rich *****. Slavitt displays ***** in 'going down' ***** the rich people, ***** 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 many people, who will treat the event (the ***** of the ship Titanic) as a tr*****gic one, ***** there is hypocrisy even in the act of mourn*****g, ***** 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 act, and this shows that even though he acts in awe about the rich, high-class people, he is aware that


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