Convergence of the Twain- Thomas Hardy


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Thomas Hardy’s “The Convergence of the Twain” recounts the fateful loss of the RMS Titanic during her maiden voyage on April 15th, 1912. Hardy lost two friends. He wrote the poem nine days later. He lamented that recounting such an event “requires that the author should have something more than paper, pencil, and a strong feeling that the disaster was a terrible one.” The focus of the poem is not on the event itself, but the conception and the entombment of the ship and the people aboard. Not a syllable was exhausted on human suffering or bravery. The piece is a condemnation of human vanity. Hardy uses the tragedy of the Titanic as an allegory for the archaic ignorance humanity possesses in regard to the power of the natural order, of fate.

The antiquated nature of the poem reflects the immortality of the Titanic’s story. Man regards itself as having…

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