How do the words Hardy uses to describe this disaster reveal his attitude? Does his poem center on the ship itself, its magnificence and its opulence, or on the people on board?
What about Slavitt? Does he center on the magnificence of the ship or does he center on the human attitudes towards going down in the ship. He mentions the cold water, the cries, as well as the crowds of people, friends, servants “well fed with music”.
Your assignment will be to read the two selections aloud and to give your original response in Discussions to both of the poems.
Which, in your opinion gives a better picture of the Titanic?
Is one of the poems sarcastic? Is one of the poems a romanticized version like the movie “The Titanic”?
Give your original response to both poems.