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The Convergence of the Twain by Thomas Hardy,

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Introduction

The poem ?The Convergence of the Twain?, by Thomas Hardy, tells the story of the Titanic in n different way to how most people would tell the story. Instead of focusing on the loss of lives and ?who?s to blame? Hardy focuses on the Titanic and the Iceberg. Throughout the poem he uses different poetic techniques to show his interpretation of the sinking of the ship. Firstly, Hardy tells the story by using rhyming triplets, when reading the poem it gives the reader a feeling of calm and peaceful waves, this ironically juxtaposes the situation as the ?convergence? between the Iceberg and the Titanic was not a peaceful collision. ...read more.

Middle

In the first stanza, like in any story Hardy sets the mood of the poem in the deep, dark, peaceful ocean floor. As a reader, this foreshadows what is to come and gives us the feeling of anticipation as we know how the poem is going to end but leaves us to question how the Titanic gets to the ?solitude of the sea?. On the other hand, stories can be interpreted in different ways. Hardy?s use of the words ?two hemispheres? creates a large amount of discussion. The most popular interpretation is that the ?two hemispheres? refers to the Iceberg and the Titanic colliding together. ...read more.

Conclusion

However in ?the Conversion of the Twain? the Titanic is at the bottom of the ?solitude sea? Hardy uses poignant but light hearted, almost childlike way of starting a conversation by personifying a fish. This then abruptly changes the mood as Hardy is describing how ?the smart ship grew?. Thirdly, He uses the contrast of ?salamandrine fires? and ?cold currents...? to emphasise the difference between these two ?characters? of the story. He portrays the Titanic as ?smart...grace? that cuts through the ocean. On the other hand, Hardy uses the word ?sinister? to portray the beauty and the beast of the Iceberg that floats gracefully in the ocean. Furthermore, Hardy shows by the contrast that these two opposites are attracted together by ?the immanent war? meaning fate. ...read more.

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