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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 ***** the most interesting and memorable poems written ***** 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 of this special and interesting *****me in Slavitt's poem, a critical analysis will be made. These two ***** will ***** critically analyzed according to its theme and ***** (implicit and explicit).

The first poem, in 'Titanic," Slavitt uses the ship Titanic ***** its his*****ry in sending out a soci*****l and ***** message about the high-class people of the society. The poem extends ***** ***** about an individual's longing, want, and preference to 'drown first-class,' just like what happened to the passengers ***** crew of ***** famous ***** Titanic. However, despite the fact that Slavitt seems to be voicing out an opinion that favors the high-class society ***** *****'s passengers, ***** also extends a message that is a serious social issue: ***** poem "Tit*****ic" is a ***** meant to criticize and take notice of the elite class of the society: the poem ***** a h*****torical event such as ***** sinking of the Titanic to remind us readers of the lesson everybody learned with what happened to the 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 analys***** will be provided in order ***** understand the sarcastic tone and ***** satire ***** Slavitt's poem.

The first stanza of the ***** illustrates the historical importance ***** the sinking of the ship Titanic, and Slavitt immediately 'steers' his readers in ***** attitude ***** awe ***** admiration to the prestige that comes ***** the privilege in *****ing one of the passengers of the ***** ***** ("If ********** 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 Slavitt uses ***** event/situation to again illustrate his seemingly na ve and irritating outlook about ***** rich people. Slavitt displays ***** in 'going down' with the rich *****, the high-***** 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 m***** people, who will treat the event (the ***** of the ship Titanic) as a tr*****gic one, but *****re is hypocrisy even in the act of **********, ***** this is shown in Slavitt's line saying, "And the world, shocked, mourns as it ought to do and almost never **********." Slavitt accepts and knows ***** hypocritical reasoning and act, and this shows that even though he acts in awe about ***** rich, high-class people, ***** is aware that


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