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Write about the poem After the Titanic. You should describe what the poet writes about and how he uses language to convey the speakers thoughts and feelings.

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Transfer-Encoding: chunked Write about the poem After the Titanic. You should describe what the poet writes about and how he uses language to convey the speaker?s thoughts and feelings. Write about the poem After the Titanic. You should describe what the poet writes about and how he uses language to convey the speaker?s thoughts and feelings. ?After the Titanic? is a confessional poem where the poet Derek Mahon assumes the role of the president of the White Star Line as retells his experiences of the ship?s sinking and his life as a recluse. The title is simple and to the point. The poems begins by stating, ?They said I got away in a boat.? The use of the impersonal pronoun, ?They,? conveys a sense of paranoia, and, ?got away,? implies criminal activity. ...read more.

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He uses pathos to incessantly make emotional appeals the reader in an attempt to evoke feelings of sympathy and pity. We see this when he bemoans that his, ?Poor soul / Screams out,? and that he, ?Sank as far as any / Hero.? By likening himself to a, ?Hero,? we realise that he is unrepentant of his actions that night. We get a sense that he is unceasingly haunted by the events of the Titanic and sees remnants of the experience everywhere, such as the, ?broken toys and hat-boxes.? This emphasises the guilt he feels over the fact that women and children died and he survived. He speaks of, ?Lost faces I never understood.? There is a constant repetition of, ?I?, as if the speaker is attempting to justify himself. ...read more.

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The poem frequently uses enjambment, giving the poem a broken and melancholic structure that aptly reflects the content of the poem. There is a regular but not constant meter. The poem has a lack of both stanzas and a rhyme scheme, creating a sense of discord. This could be a metaphor for the Titanic, whose maiden voyage was supposed to be regular and predictable but turned out to be anything but. To conclude, in the final line of the poem the speaker expresses a wish to be remembered in his sadness and to be included in our lamentations. It could be argued that the poem?s main purpose is to convey to the reader that the survivors of the Titanic are in a worse position than those who died due to the stigmatism and survivor?s guilt that wrecked their lives. ...read more.

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