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

***** *****. Slavitt is a well-known poet ***** film critic of the Newsweek M*****gazine, and as a literary writer, he has already published almost seventy-three volumes ***** poetry, and one of the most interesting ***** memorable poems written by David Slavitt are the ***** "Titanic" and "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 *****'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 'Titanic," Slavitt uses the ship Titanic ***** its history in sending out a ***** and personal message about the high-class people of the society. The ***** extends the ***** about an individual's longing, want, ***** preference to 'drown first-class,' just like what happened to the passengers and crew of ***** 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 *****sue: the poem "Titanic" is a poem meant to criticize and take notice of the elite class of the *****: the ***** ***** a h*****torical event such as the sinking of ***** Titanic to remind us readers of the lesson everybody learned with what happened to the ship, that is, ***** ***** 'high ***** 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 ***** understand the sarcastic tone and ***** satire in Slavitt's poem.

***** first stanza of the poem illustrates the h*****torical importance of ***** s*****king of the ship Titanic, and Slavitt immediately 'steers' his ***** in ***** attitude ***** awe ***** admiration to the prestige that comes with the privilege in being one of the passengers ***** the ***** ***** ("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 ***** ship, but ***** uses this event/situation to again illustrate his seemingly na ve and irritating outlook about the rich people. Slavitt displays ***** in 'go*****g down' ***** the rich people, the high-class 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, ***** t***** is shown in Slavi*****t's line saying, "And the world, shocked, mourns as it ought to do and al***** never **********." Slavitt accepts and knows this hypocritic***** reasoning and *****, and this shows that even though he acts in awe about ***** rich, high-class people, ***** is aware that

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