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How Thomas Hardy Presents the Tragedy of the Sinking of the Titanic in the Poem The Convergence of the Twain

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How Thomas Hardy Presents 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... ... middle of paper ... ...res, Cold currents third, and turn to rhythmic tidal lyres." I think that when you read the poem the rhyming words give a rhythm similar to waves of the sea. Thomas Hardy's view of the Titanic incident I think would have been very different from someone's view who had been on the Titanic. Thomas Hardy thinks that the whole tragedy was pointless because the whole ordeal could have been prevented by not making the Titanic in the first place. Thomas Hardy believes that God was to blame for the convergence of the Twain and that it was a battle, Machines Vs Nature, Humans Vs God. I thought Thomas Hardy has conveyed his ideas in a very imaginative way. He had described his ideas using words that you don't hear very often and the things that he said I his poem weren't to radical, they were actually quite believable.
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