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The Convergence Of The Twain Analysis



Author: poem of Thomas Hardy Type: poem Views: 56


(Lines on the loss of the "Titanic")
        
          I
     In a solitude of the sea
     Deep from human vanity,
And the Pride of Life that planned her, stilly couches she.
          
          II

     Steel chambers, late the pyres
     Of her salamandrine fires,
Cold currents thrid, and turn to rhythmic tidal lyres.
  
          III

     Over the mirrors meant
     To glass the opulent
The sea-worm crawls--grotesque, slimed, dumb, indifferent.

          IV

     Jewels in joy designed
     To ravish the sensuous mind
Lie lightless, all their sparkles bleared and black and blind.
  
          V

     Dim moon-eyed fishes near
     Gaze at the gilded gear
And query: "What does this vaingloriousness down here?". . .
          
          VI

     Well: while was fashioning
     This creature of cleaving wing,
The Immanent Will that stirs and urges everything

          VII

     Prepared a sinister mate
     For her--so gaily great--
A Shape of Ice, for the time fat and dissociate.

          VIII

     And as the smart ship grew
     In stature, grace, and hue
In shadowy silent distance grew the Iceberg too.

          IX

     Alien they seemed to be:
     No mortal eye could see
The intimate welding of their later history.
    
          X

     Or sign that they were bent
     By paths coincident
On being anon twin halves of one August event,
    
          XI

     Till the Spinner of the Years
     Said "Now!" And each one hears,
And consummation comes, and jars two hemispheres.

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why is it about sex and what does sex have to do with the titanic???

| Posted on 2013-10-06 | by a guest


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\"paths coincide\" and \"twin halves\", its as if Hardy is saying that the titanic and the iceberg are in a relationship, and meant to be together. This is sexual as they \"coincide\" join together, as if sexual climax. Also, this could be referred to Hardy and his wife Emma, Hardy being the (iceberg) and Emma being the (titanic), because to Hardy, Emma is the most glorious creation and just like the iceberg he destroys Emma/titanic... he is guilty of her death as mentioned in other poems like \"The going\" and thus he misses her like the iceberg misses the titanic which is lonely on the sea bed like Emma is lonely in heaven.

| Posted on 2012-05-09 | by a guest


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each stanza is labelled..how would one interpret this??secondly,what does the title\"the convergence of the twain\" exactly mean?? thirdly,what does \"jars two hemispheres\" mean??

| Posted on 2012-05-05 | by a guest


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\"august\" (without a capital letter, note!) here means immense, imposing; it is not referring to the month. Look in a dictionary.

| Posted on 2012-02-19 | by a guest


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the poem beautifully describes the \'union\' of the Titanic with Death-using imagery of the bride and the groom...

| Posted on 2012-01-16 | by a guest


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Love this poem but am confused by the line
.\'On being anon twin halves of one august event\'Emmmm didnt the Titanic disaster happen in April???? Whats that about? Bing

| Posted on 2012-01-13 | by a guest


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its great depiction of the power of Nature over Men. Titanic was built not to destroy but the nature too grew in the shape of Iceburg. finally colliding with gigentic titacic.

| Posted on 2011-09-06 | by a guest


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This poem is a part of Owens experimental stage, it shows the darker part of his phyce. He depicts conuctations of marraige to show his love of the ice berg. He shows how happy he is that the ice berg attacks the boat cause he didn\'t like the people on it.

| Posted on 2011-01-27 | by a guest


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This poem is a part of Owens experimental stage, it shows the darker part of his phyce. He depicts conuctations of marraige to show his love of the ice berg. He shows how happy he is that the ice berg attacks the boat cause he didn\'t like the people on it.

| Posted on 2011-01-27 | by a guest


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yes, yes. I enjoy how the use of onomateopaic dictim and rapid rhythms echo the sound of the waves.

| Posted on 2011-01-25 | by a guest


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Hardy believed that the Titanic had the fatal flaw of vanity instilled upon it by the people who created it. Because of this \"vaingloriousness\", it was God and the fates that interviened and punished those who fed into the madness.

| Posted on 2010-11-14 | by a guest


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This poem is about the titanic. It is about how it sunk and is now dead in the sea. And it is about Hardys wife and his sex.

| Posted on 2010-11-12 | by a guest


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It has sexual connotations; consummation which means sexual intercoarse. There is an essence of passion evident in this text, although, Hardy strives to represent nature as the omnipotent being compared to man's creation. Nature versus Man's creation... you decide? Hardy advocates Nature.

| Posted on 2010-06-07 | by a guest


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The poem is emphasising Hardy's relationship with his dead wife Emma, comparing himself and his late wife to the greatness of human creation (the Titanic) and the beauty and destructive power of nature. Also represents their differences in life,
"alien they seemed to be",
the coming together of the iceberg and the Titanic signifies the bond, but the bond doesn't last.
Personification of the Titanic and imagery of it's magnificence mirrors Hardy's thoughts on Emma. With nothing but a still sea remaining, the nature of the poem is complete oposite,
"The sea-worm crawls-grotesque, dumb, indifferent."
An overall theme of this poem is the great loss suffered, whhich at the time I believe Hardy was going through.

| Posted on 2010-06-07 | by a guest


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Due to vanity and pride, the Titanic was engulfed by nature. Because of the warnings that were ignored, this is what became of the ship.

| Posted on 2010-04-08 | by a guest


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Thomas Hardy was very fatalistic and thus he takes this view on the sinking of the Titanic. Fate could not let human "vanity" and "Pride of Life" find success in the ship. The first two lines are trimeter and the third line is hexameter, this is meant to mirror the "convergence" not to look like boats or icebergs. The first five stanzas are ironic, stating the current condition of the ship, the following six stanzas develope Hardy's fatalistic view.

| Posted on 2010-03-31 | by a guest


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The stanzas are shaped like icebergs, not smokestacks. The tips are small, but underneath the water, they are large and are hidden.

| Posted on 2010-02-17 | by a guest


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Dim moon-eyed fishes near
Gaze at the gilded gear
And query: "What does this vaingloriousness down here?". . .
Use of personification here to show how despite the greatness of the titanic, as it lays at the bottom of the ocean the fish are basically taking control if it, making it their own, mocking it.

| Posted on 2009-12-15 | by a guest


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Has anyone noticed that the stanzas are literally shaped like boats? The short two lines are the smoke stacks and stuff and the long third line is the long hull! Think about!

| Posted on 2009-12-14 | by a guest


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"over the mirrors meant
to glass opulent
the sea-worm-crawls - grotesque , slimed, dumb , indifferent"
nature cares nothing for humans vanity objects , we will all die one day but nature will still be there. No matter how "opulent" or "vainglourious" when we are gone it won't matter

| Posted on 2009-11-05 | by a guest


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Sigh. I think a lot of people are misinterpretating the tone of this poem. Thomas Hardy is criticizing our society's vanity and gaudiness. He thinks the Titanic had it coming. That's what we get for creating something so lavish and "glorious"

| Posted on 2009-10-21 | by a guest


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The speaker in Hardys's poem sees the catastrophic even of the titanic sinking as something majestic and even romantic. I think its very akward since most people saw it as an unexpected tragedy. Yet he makes it seem as it was almost meant to happen with words like "mate", "twin halves", and "paths coincident".

| Posted on 2009-09-30 | by a guest


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The speaker in Hardys's poem sees the catastrophic even of the titanic sinking as something majestic and even romantic. I think its very akward since most people saw it as an unexpected tragedy. Yet he makes it seem as it was almost meant to happen with words like "mate", "twin halves", and "paths coincident"

| Posted on 2009-09-30 | by a guest


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i agree the 2009 02 17 person.
from a rolling meadows student

| Posted on 2009-02-18 | by a guest


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This poem is about the loss of the Titanic. But it's more so of about sex. It's all sex, sex, sex, and more sex.

| Posted on 2009-02-17 | by a guest


.: Iceberg :.

And as the smart ship grew
In stature, grace, and hue
In shadowy silent distance grew the Iceberg too.
This means that while the ship was being built by men, God was making the Iceberg that the ship crashed in to.

| Posted on 2008-04-28 | by a guest


.: Iceberg :.

And as the smart ship grew
In stature, grace, and hue
In shadowy silent distance grew the Iceberg too.
This means that while the ship was being built by men, God was making the Iceberg that the ship crashed in to.

| Posted on 2008-04-28 | by a guest




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