The Convergence Of The Twain Essay

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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 ship which is
consistently mentioned in these stanzas. In the next six stanzas he describes the iceberg
and the ship meeting together as one in destiny.

-> The use of personification found in the last five stanzas gives the ship its own power.
The author refers to the ship as "her" which makes the ship sound as though it has a mind
of its own. The ship is also described as "smart and growing in grace, stature, and hue."
This means that the ship was growing in confidence. "She" thought she was untouchable and
unsinkable. His attitude reflects his thoughts that the ship was on route to destiny, and
no kind of human powers could stop it.

-> The next literary technique used is irony. The lines "Over the mirrors meant To glass
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