The Convergence of the Twain

The Convergence of the Twain - Clara Mbamalu English 1302...

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Clara Mbamalu English 1302 Professor Fussell November 21, 2011 The Convergence of the Twain by Thomas Hardy “The Convergence of the Twain”, by Thomas Hardy describes the obliteration of the ‘unsinkable’ ship, Titanic, when it conjoined with an iceberg when crossing the Atlantic Ocean from Southampton, England to New York City, United States on its maiden voyage. The poem demonstrates nature’s/faith’s fidelity and its capacity to coup over man’s endeavor to flout her (like the construction of an unsinkable ship.) Hardy reflects the heart-breaking loss that no one could have imagined would have happened. The author utilizes numerous poetic expedients such as juxtaposition, irony, metaphor and diction to convey his thoughts and contrition over the “august event.” In the first stanza of the poem, the writer introduces the topic of the poem. The Titanic, once a figure of liberty, autonomy and sovereignty, is now “in a solitude of the sea” (Hardy) lying “deep from human vanity” (Hardy), but yet “the Pride of Life that planned her, stilly couches she” (Hardy). The first stanza describes how the very vanity that formed her ultimately sank her. From her sinking; she is able to rest, away from the vanity from which she dawned from. Even with her freedom clandestine deep in the sea, this vanity still continues to grip her tight because she did not accomplish the materialistic goal of her voyage. The similarities between her beginning and her ending, is similar to when Jesus said to his disciples “…those who use the sword will die by the sword…” (Matthew 26:52). Because her “steel chambers” (Hardy) was smelted in the blast furnace of pure vanity, pure vanity thus ended her life just as
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soon as it was about to start. What was known as a bright beginning ironically morphed into a woeful ending. The second stanza is a metaphor between life and death, contrasting the life of the ship in
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