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

David R. Slavitt is a well-known poet ***** film critic ***** the Newsweek Magazine, and as a liter*****ry writer, he has already published almost seventy-three volumes of poetry, ***** one ***** the most interesting and memorable poems written by David Slavitt are the poems "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 *****me 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 and its history in sending out a ***** ***** person*****l message about the high-class people of the society. The ***** extends ***** ***** about an individual*****s longing, w*****t, and preference to 'drown first-class,' just like what happened ***** the passengers and crew of the famous ***** Titanic. However, despite the fact that Slavitt seems to be voicing out an opinion that favors the high-class society ***** Titanic's passengers, ***** also ***** a message that is a serious social issue: ***** poem "Titanic" is a ***** meant to criticize and take notice of the elite class of the society: ***** poem ***** a his*****rical event such as the sinking of ***** Titanic to remind us readers of the lesson everybody learned with what ***** to ***** ship, that is, ***** the 'high ***** mighty' is still vulnerable to danger, especially natural ones. This main point is sarcastically delivered in the poem "*****," and a line-by-line ***** will be provided in order ***** underst*****nd the sarcastic tone and the satire in Slavitt's poem.

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


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