Summary Of Convergence Of The Twain

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Convergence of the Twain

The Titanic, born from human greed and wed to fate’s punishment, is a modern icon of decadence. However, Hardy re-imagines this icon in his poem The Convergence of the Twain. Instead of an explicit critique of the ship’s ostentatious vanity, Hardy sees The Titanic’s sinking as the judgment for its “vaingloriousness” and a product of the ship’s conception, development, and wedding to fate.

The poem’s organization emphasizes a contrast between different states of the ship’s existence. In fact, the author answers how the ship came to being sunk as the poem progresses. The ship, which came “Deep from human vanity/ And the pride of Life that planned her”, falls out of grace “In a solitude of the sea”. After the source of its vitality is engulfed by death (“Steel chambers, late the pyres/ Of her salamandrine fires”) , the ship finds itself in an underwater hell where “Cold currents thrid, and turn to rhythmic tidal lyres”, and “ grotesque, slimed, dumb, indifferent” creatures profanate what were once “Jewels in joy designed”. An inhabitant of this hellish habitat, seeing this gloriousness in vain in such a deprecated state, asks: What is this doing here? The speaker answers this question by describing how destiny “prepared a sinister mate… A shape of Ice, for the time far and dissociate” and how “ In shadowy silent distance grew the Iceberg too… as the smart ship grew In stature, grace, and hue”. Then, the ship and the iceberg finally converge “being anon twin halves of one august event” at the discretion of destiny, also known as “The Spinner of the Years”. The organization of the poem implies a metaphysical statement; fate is the master of all, and servant of none. It doesn’t matter how “Deep from human vanity” or how many “Jewels in joy designed” characterize mankind’s power; It is all under the jurisdiction of fate.

Imagery provides Hardy a vehicle to define essential aspects of the relationship between mankind and nature. The author argues that fate works beyond the authority of mortals; Only it decides to match the ship and “ [The] shape of Ice” in an “… intimate welding of their later history”. In fact, The convergence of the twain comes only “Till the Spinner of

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