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Titanic, by David R. Slavitt
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Sounds & Rhythm

Sounds
In "Titanic," Slavitt does not associate this poem with rhyming.  Slavitt does not use any form of rhyming such as near rhyme, off rhyme, slant rhyme, or approximate rhyme.  The "Titanic" also lacks other rhyming schemes such as end rhyme, internal rhyme, and/or rhyme schemes.  The "Titanic" is a poem that, when reading, sounds almost like someone relaying a message or passing on their thoughts and feelings.
 
Patterns of Rhythm
In Slavitt's poem "Titanic," he uses stressed and unstressed syllables in order to create patterns of rhythm, which is known as a meter.  Slavitt also uses the lambic pattern in order to give his poem the sound of an average conversation.  
 
By breaking each line into meters, we are able to describe the meter for the line.  Here is a breakdown of names in regards to line lengths:
 
monometer: one foot                                   pentameter: five feet
dimeter: two feet                                         hexameter: six feet
trimeter: three feet                                      heptameter: seven feet
tetrameter: four feet                                    octameter: eight feet
 
Here is a breakdown of the "Titanic":
Line 1: Iambic Trimeter
Line 2: Iambic Pentameter
Line 3: Iambic Dimeter
Line 4: Iambic Trimeter
Line 5: Iambic Tetrameter
Line 6: Iambic Trimeter
Line 7: Iambic Pentameter
Line 8: Iambic Hexameter
Line 9: Iambic Tetrameter
Line 10: Iambic Pentameter
Line 11: Iambic Tetrameter
Line 12: Iambic Trimeter
Line 13: Iambic Pentameter
Line 14: Iambic Tetrameter