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

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

***** first poem, in '*****," Slavitt uses the ship Titanic ***** its his*****ry in sending out a social and personal message about the high-class people of the society. The poem extends the message about an individual's longing, want, and preference to 'drown first-class,' just like what happened ***** the passengers ***** crew of ***** famous ship Titanic. However, despite the fact that Slavitt seems to ***** voicing out an opinion that favors the high-class society ***** Titanic's passengers, ***** also ***** a ***** that is a serious social issue: ***** poem "Titanic" is a poem meant ***** criticize and take notice of the elite class of ***** society: the ***** ***** a h*****torical event such as ***** sinking of the Titanic to remind us readers ***** the lesson everybody learned with what happened to ***** ship, that is, that the 'high ***** 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 his attitude ***** awe ***** admiration to the prestige that comes ***** ***** privilege ***** being one of the passengers of the ***** ***** ("If *****y 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 the rich *****. Slavitt displays awe in 'go*****g down' with ***** rich people, the high-class of the society: "To go down...But with crowds, people, friends, servants, well fed, with music, ***** lights! Ah!" He also gives us the point of view of m***** people, ***** will treat the event (the sinking of the ship Titanic) as a tragic one, ***** ********** is hypocrisy even in the act of mourn*****g, and this is shown in Slavitt's line saying, "And the world, shocked, mourns as it ought to do and almost never does." Slavitt accepts and knows ***** hypocritical reasoning and act, ***** this shows that even though he acts in awe about t***** rich, ***** people, he is aware that


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