Thomas Hardy's The Convergence Of The Twain Essay

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Thomas Hardy's The Convergence Of The Twain

The poem The Convergence of the Twain, by Thomas Hardy, is about the sinking of the Titanic. The title alone describes the ship and the iceberg meeting as one. By choosing this title, the author automatically conveys a seriousness of the poem. The author uses various literary techniques to convey his mockery and careless attitude towards the sinking of the ship.

In the first five stanzas, the author discusses the already submerged ship. ?Stilly couches she,? describes the ship resting on the bottom of the ocean. The lines, ?Jewels in joy designed?lie lightless, all their sparkles bleared and black and blind?, point out the waste of money, technology and craftsmanship going down with the
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Also all the jewels that were present on the ship, being worn by first-class passengers were now sitting at the bottom of the ocean floor. The usage of irony represents the loss of the ship, instead of the loss of life. These lines are indicative of the author?s attitude towards what the ship stood for. He didn?t want to talk about the tragedy with all the lives lost, instead he concentrates on the ship and the iceberg meeting.

In stanzas VI, VII, and VIII, it is clear about the destination of the ship and the iceberg colliding. In stanza VI, while the ship was moving along, very confidently, God was putting forth his plan. In stanza VII, the iceberg was sitting off in the distance just waiting for the convergence. In stanza VIII, it describes the final meeting between the two objects. As the ship grew closer and closer to the iceberg, and also in its confidence, the iceberg was also growing in its confidence and meaning. The ship thought that it was over God and didn?t need to worry about anything, so God responded back with the fate of the objects to show that he had more power than the ship, and to sort of show who?s ?boss?.

The attitude of the author was very indifferent. He chose not to talk about the tragic lives lost in the poem, but rather the ships loss. Through his use of diction, personification, and irony, he gives the idea that it was all just destiny, and there was nothing that the ship could do. God

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