The Convergence of the Twain by Thomas Hardy,

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The poem “The Convergence of the Twain”, by , 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. Moreover, Hardy uses alliteration in most stanzas’ to emphasise that it is fate that is drawing the “shadowy silent” Iceberg and the “gaily great” Titanic together.

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Secondly, by using roman numerals at the beginning of each stanza’s; this gives it a sense of chapters in a book. I also think he used roman numerals instead of numbers to give it a feel of a mythic story, knowing the story will be told forever. 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 ...

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