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

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

***** first poem, in '*****," Slavitt uses the ship Titanic and its history in sending out a ***** ***** ***** ***** about the high-class people of ***** society. The ***** extends the message about an individual*****s longing, want, and preference to 'drown first-class,' just like what happened ***** 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 of ********** passengers, Slavitt also extends a message ***** is a serious social **********: ***** poem "Titanic" is a ***** meant to criticize and take notice of the elite class of ***** society: the poem ***** a historical 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 "Titanic," and a line-by-line ***** will be provided in order ***** understand the sarcastic tone and ***** satire in Slavitt's poem.

The first stanza of the poem illustrates the historical importance ***** ***** sinking of the ship Titanic, and Slavitt immediately 'steers' his readers in ***** attitude of awe ***** admiration to the prestige that comes with the privilege ***** *****ing one of the passengers of the ***** ***** ("If they sold passage tomorrow... who would not buy?"). The seconds stanza goes straight to the point: Slavitt ***** refers to the 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-class of the society: "To go down...But with crowds, *****, friends, servants, well fed, with music, ***** 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, ***** ********** 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 **********." Slavitt accepts and knows this hypocritical re*****oning and act, ***** this shows that even though he acts in awe about the rich, ***** people, he is aware that


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