• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How far do you agree with the view that Hardys poems are fundamentally about human error and failure?

Extracts from this document...


Failure can be seen as the deterioration or decay of something with former strength, and has connotations of the underperformance of something great and expected. Human error, an extension of human nature, can be interpreted as the situation where humans are given control over a process, and after ignorance and poor decision making, errors can occur. There are many different viewpoints on the purpose of Hardy's poem, however it seems clear in The Convergence of the Twain and in his other poems, he focuses on human error and failure as defined above. Hardy highlights the Titanic's failure by contrasting its magnificent features to its dismal doom. The ship's positive aura of 'jewels in joy designed' is quickly negated as Hardy describes them lying 'lightless' on the seabed with 'their sparkles bleared and black and blind'. ...read more.


It is some critics' opinion that Hardy means to express his feelings that the sinking of the Titanic was inevitable and out of human control with the 'Immanent Will' creating a 'sinister mate' in the iceberg that 'no mortal eye could see'. However, it cannot be ignored that Hardy writes 'as the smart ship grew' so did 'the Iceberg too'; this is a clear image that the failure was due to human error - as they grew more vain in building its extravagance, the chance for failure became greater. By showing that the growth of the ship and the iceberg were linked epitomises Hardy's views that the Titanic's sinking was down to human ignorance and the error of judgement in realising it was a step too far for Victorian engineering. ...read more.


However, it seems the last line of the poem is poignant and negates any previous recognition of nature as he tells 'I was unaware'. Hardy may have chosen to do this to emphasise his sense of being in the dark and his failure in being able to change the crumbling nature around him. It is clear he feels this deterioration is a key message he needs to convey, with the zeitgeist of disliking industrialisation proving to himself that 'all mankind' need to realise the human error. In conclusion, it seems that Hardy feels strongly that key failures such as Titanic's sinking and the decay of nature are due to vanity and error of judgement or the ignorance in not realising the scale of change. His criticism on society's failures through failure and human error seem a fundamental them throughout his poems. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Thomas Hardy section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Thomas Hardy essays

  1. Compare and Contrast a selection of Thomas Hardy's Poetry

    Poets usually wrote poems, thinking they would be spoken aloud to audiences, so they found different ways of saying things, to create a more interesting poem to read, and hear. The land beyond the cottage, when his grandmother first settled there was 'O'er grown with bramble bushes, firze and thorn:

  2. Comparing the poems 'Neutral Tones' and 'Absence'

    His alliterative use of the words "wrings with wrong" portrays to the reader an image of her face which is full of wrong doings and that no matter how much you try to squeeze out, the 'wrongness' will always be there.

  1. 'Almost all of Hardy's heroes stand aloof from life, even play the role of ...

    This makes the reader feel they have maybe a more personal relationship with the two female characters. In contrast, the more light-hearted, comical affair Tony Kytes: the Arch Deceiver story, off all six characters the character we get to know best of all is Tony.

  2. Hardy describes Wessex as "real" but also as "half dream". Explain the importance of ...

    This is very sinister, Hardy is showing death is not entertainment and he ridicules the villagers for it. Hardy writes 'the town was thronged...but Gertrude had seen scarcely a soul.' This means the town was full of people but nobody even cared they were about to witness the death of a young boy.

  1. Thomas Hardy's poems " The Oxen" and "Darkling Thrush"

    Darkling Thrush is actually a very gloomy and depressing poem to read. In the first stanza, Hardy gives us a description of where he pictures this poem. His description has an all over dreary tone, because of descriptors he uses like, ?desolate?, ?tangled?, and ?broken lyres?.

  2. Extended commentary of 'The Convergence of the Twain' by Thomas Hardy

    nature of the ship, Hardy once again returns to ideas of peace and harmony. ?Rhythmic tidal lyres? are reminiscent of the classical entities ? such as Apollo?s lyre and his place in Arcadia ? and consequently calming images. The distinct iambic meter in this phrase aids the calming lilt of the lines.

  1. Extended commentary of 'The Darkling Thrush' by Thomas Hardy

    people ? even the persona is a subject avoided in great detail. 1. Back with the ?death imagery?, ?The weakening eye of day?; a comment on the darkening sky ? the day is dying. 1. ?All mankind that haunted nigh? ? haunted is clearly a reference to death and ghosts.

  2. Isolation in Hardy's poems 'Nobody Comes' and 'The Darkling Thrush'

    ?whangs? ? amplifies the persona?s loneliness; as does the empty assonance in the repeated ?a? sound, in ?alone? and ?again?.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work