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How does Simon Armitages style of writing make "The Convergence of the Twain" such a powerful and moving poem?

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How does Simon Armitage?s style of writing make the convergence of the twain such a powerful and moving poem? Simon Armitage explores the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks through a poetic register and with an alternate complexity, causing the poem to be even more powerful and moving. Setting the immediate scene, Armitage uses a range of short and simplistic words to set an even more powerful and vivid image of the atmosphere in the users head. Armitage deals with the change over the length of time with specific events and their outcomes, which resonates through time and induce people affected by the catastrophic event. Armitage uses the precise title, which was used by Thomas Hardy for his poem regarding the historic collision of the Titanic and the iceberg; immediately linking the poem to the context of adversity and ruin. This is will also be the conjoining the idea of two things to be coming together and the impression of collision, thus the idea of forces coming together emerges in the reader?s mind. Armitage also notably structured his poem into 11 stanzas, which would draw a relation to the date of the terrorist attack (11th September). ...read more.


The nature of the aftermath is further explored in stanzas two through to five; Armitage goes into depth with the sentimentality felt by the audience and the public at that moment of time. He does this predominately by using the imagery of injury. Through this, Armitage showcases the vulnerability expressed by the country at the present state of time (as shown in the poem). The vulnerability of a country that is vast and until this point as pointed out ?in worth and name?. Though time has passed and ?smokes dark bruise/ has paled?, it is a ?wound? that is exposed beneath such bruising. The personification of the smoke highlights the weakness in humans, and then being carried onto the country itself, yet it is ?soothed? by nature, ?dabbed at and eased by rain?. It is as if the environment is attempting to heal the ?exposed wound?. However the use of yet use of the word ?exposing? highlights the scale of this devastation; it is as though it has been uncovered and peeled back- the country?s vulnerability is exposed and it is manifested in destruction and loss. ...read more.


The use of locked creates the impression that such a ?collision course? is indeed inescapable- there is no getting away from that which is locked, it is immoveable and in this case pre-destined. In the Last stanza Armitage recalls the time when television footage showed helpless victims jumping from the flaming towers. The worlds which ?thinned to an instant? make ?furious contact?- this implies a fusion of anger and great energy, the fury spelling out wrath and pain. ?. This moment of time is explored by Armitage in the final stanza; ?during which?- highlighting the passage of time in which the media ?framed/ moments of grace?. ?Earth and heaven fused.? Armitage draws together celestial and earthly beings in the collision of earth and sky, life and death, terror and peace to mere ?moments. Here the knowledge of the reader is called upon as one recalls the television footage of helpless victims jumping from the flaming towers. From this we determine that Armitage has made this poem with a hidden yearn to try and move the reader and intended audience with his strong choice of words. Whilst being simplistic, they are ?given? power by the genre and situation they are put into. By Arjun Nazran 10H Page of 2 ...read more.

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