How Does Thomas Hardy Present The Tragedy Of The Sinking Of The Titanic In The Poem The Convergence Of The Twain?

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How does Thomas Hardy present the tragedy of the sinking of the Titanic in the poem The Convergence of the Twain?On the fateful day of April 1912, the great ship known as the Titanic collided into an enormous Iceberg. Down went the colossal ship and so did the rich, famous and all their valuable goods. The reports of people drowning were in all of the newspapers but not in one of them was there anything about what happened to the ship under the sea. In Hardy's poem, there is nothing about what happened to passengers on the huge liner but instead he has described (in his point of view) the ship under the sea and the sea creatures that pass by. He did that because he thought that the human side of the tragedy had been reported enough. In the first 5 stanzas of the poem Hardy describes what the Titanic looks like under the sea and the sea creatures that inhabit it.In the poem Hardy had tried to portray the idea that God and Destiny have played a vital role in the sinking of the Titanic. "Till the Spinner of the Years Says "Now!"..." Hardy has used this line to say that God had told the Iceberg and the Titanic to collide. There are a couple of lines in the poem that suggest that Destiny helped the incident happen. "The intimate welding of their later destiny,"In the first five stanzas Hardy has used a mysterious tone in this poem to get across that it is quite mysterious under the sea near the Titanic wreck, in the rest of the poem Hardy is trying to make out as if it was a war. God Vs Human. Obviously God won. As stated in the first paragraph of the essay, Hardy mentions on more than one occasion that it was inevitable and destined for this tragic convergence to happen. I think that Hardy ignores the loss of human lives because people already knew a lot about the human deaths so Hardy decided instead to put in his poem about the rest of the affects the Titanic had and most of the other things that were to do with the Titanic.Juxtaposition is used quite a lot in the poem this helps exaggerated the images trying to be described."Of her salamandrine fire,Cold currents third, and turn to the rhythmic tidal lyres."A Salamandrine is a mythological creature that had been told to inhabit fire. So the heat from steel chamber that powered the great ship is a good contrast to the cold currents at the bottom of the sea. In some of the stanzas in the poem Hardy has used alliteration such as;"Jewels in joy designedTo ravish the sensuous mindLie lightless, all their sparkles bleared and black and blind."The use of alliteration in this line is really emphasized when you read it because you can't really read it smoothly; each of those words stands out. Also Hardy makes good use of sibilance. "In the shadowy silent distance grew the iceberg too." The repeated use of the letter's' makes the line sound like a whisper. Hardy personifies quite a lot of the inanimate objects described in his poem."Dim moon-eyed fishes nearGaze at the gilded gearAnd query: "What does this...

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