Deaths Of Glory In David R. Slavitt's Poem 'Titanic'

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Stephanie Eshleman Mrs. Scherer English 102 3T The Infamous Deaths of Glory “She went down in all her glory,” is a common phrase heard when talking about the Titanic, and no, not the movie. The poem “Titanic” by David R. Slavitt tells the tale of this infamously famous ship as if it were some sort of fairy tale ending. Slavitt tries to soothe the harsh reality of the sinking by stating that “the cries on all sides must be a comfort” (13). To say that it is a comfort to die along with others is true, as many people want someone by their death beds, even third class steerage. However, in the anesthetic cold water the first class and some steerage were dying together (12). Not only were the people first class, but their death was a first class death as well because they went down “with crowds of people, friends, servants, well fed, with music m with lights!” (5) Slavitt is trying to relay the idea that it was not so bad to have drowned on the Titanic.. He uses words such as “ah!” to denote enjoyment, and he also asks who would not want to go on a copy trip of the passage. “We all go down,…show more content…
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