It was considered by its builders to be unsinkable however in April 1912 she truck an iceberg and sank to the bottom of the ocean taking hundreds of lives with her. By coincidence this was also the same year that Hardy losses first wife, Emma Laving Gifford, due to sudden death (BBC). An analysis of the “The Convergence of the Twain: (Lines on the Loss of the Titanic)” reveals that vanity in addition to poor construction , and the perfect construction of the iceberg led to the fate of the Titanic; as seen through the eyes of a mourning man.
Hardy begins his poem by comparing the loss of the ship with his own experience of losing his wife, both suddenly. Most of us would agree losing someone or something suddenly is far more traumatic, then simply losing someone or something in there due time. 80th his wife and the Titanic had a great life planned for them; however, “The Immanent Will” had other plans. Throughout his poem one can deduce the comparison between the loss of the ship and the loss of his wife.
While it was no secret of the construction of the Titanic and her to sister ships, the Olympic and the Britannic; it was also no secret of the vanity put into these ships. Hardy illustrates from the very beginning that the vanity that was put In to the Titanic was going to seal Its fate. The Bible speaks of the pride before destruction in Proverbs 1 6:18 “pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. (NECK)” While there is nothing wrong with having pride within your work, It was not affecting your work.
An example of this would be, they took great pride in bullying the grand staircase of the Atlanta but left out the adequate number of lifeboats needed to remove all of the passengers and crew in the event of a situation that would require them to abandon ship. Hardy also used vanity In his comparison of the various parts of the ship and there current placement n the ocean floor. Since the technology did not exist In 1915 to examine the actual condition of the Titanic, Hardy would have to use past experience to describe the condition of the parts, fish, and creatures that current surround the sunken ship.
He I OFF combustible material. He then compares how the ship used to thread the cold currents at her will to rhythmic tidal lyres which now cross over her sunken hull. He then compares the mirrors that were once designed for the rich was now being covered by sea worms a species according to Hardy gross, slimy, and dumb. This is ere satirical in the sense that most of the first class passengers wanted nothing to do with those in third class or for that matter the working class in society.
He ends this part of the poem with a fish asking the question, why all this grandeur down here? This is a very ironic question how often do we spend or invest lots of money into things that eventually by our choice or not end up in the dump or in this case the bottom of the ocean. In a classic story fashion, Hardy moves from vanity to the destruction of the Titanic by describing her future enemy, the Iceberg. The Iceberg, s described by Hardy a “sinister mate” grew in a silent distance as the Titanic was constructed. This would not have been an accurate statement.
Icebergs are originally from glaciers which could take centuries to form, typically take only a few seconds to form as they break away from the glacier. Typically, only one ninth of the icebergs total volume can be seen from the surface; which can also lead to an illusion to the shape of the iceberg below the surface. Since the iceberg was part of nature and not man-made it was designed by God, and was perfect in creation. The Titanic being an-made had some design flaws. There is speculation that low-quality steel and weak rivets may have contributed to the sinking of the ship.
This is based upon an examination of the building documents and recovered pieces of the shipwreck (Titanic). Hardy described the Titanic and the iceberg as “twin has of one august event. ” The terms he uses remind me of the New Testament in the Bible which talks of two individuals becoming one; referring to two people getting married. While most of us view marriage as a happy time, in this context Hardy views this marriage as Just another event in God’s predestined fate. While there are countless stories and tales that came from the sinking of the Titanic there are few worth mentioning.
The first was a detection device to monitor and warn ships of the possibility of icebergs within the Atlantic and Arctic areas this service is provided by the International Ice Patrol (International Ice Patrol). The sinking has also lead to advancements of distress calls, underwater surveillance, and deep-sea technology. Finally there is news that an Australian billionaire is in the process of creating a lifelike replica of the ship calling her Titanic II, set the launch in the year 2016 (Titanic II). When Hardy wrote this poem, in 1914, it makes one wonder what was the purpose of this poem?
Hardy was asked to write this poem as a charity to raise money for the Titanic disaster fund. He begins to immediately get the minds moving by using Twain instead of two; the archaic word for two. He continues by referring to God as the “Immanent Will. ” This “Will” according to Hardy’s philosophy was a “blind force that slowly gain consciousness throughout history;” instead of and omniscient God, who knows the past, present, and future (Greenbelts). Hardy remarried in 1914 was still was preoccupied with is iris wife, for which he showed remorse by writing poetry.