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Thomas Hardy

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Thomas Hardy

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Drama, History, Tragedy

Perspective and Narrator

"The Convergence of the Twain" is poet Thomas Hardy's (1840–1928) response to the tragic sinking (1912) of a famous ocean liner, the RMS Titanic. Unlike many other literary treatments of this event, Hardy's poem describes the ship and its fate dispassionately, without mentioning the approximately 1,500 people who died on board.


The first five stanzas of "The Convergence of the Twain" use the present tense to describe the wreck of the Titanic lying underwater. Most of the remaining six stanzas use the past tense to describe how an emotionally distant deity or force created an iceberg and then led the ship to its destruction. The final line returns to the present tense and describes the moment the ship contacts the iceberg.

About the Title

The word convergence conveys the idea of coming together, and twain is an archaic word meaning "two." The title "The Convergence of the Twain" describes the coming together of two disparate objects: a luxury ocean liner and the iceberg that destroys it.


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