Convergence of the Twain

Topics: Vanity, Marriage, Life Pages: 2 (553 words) Published: December 17, 2011
In “The Convergence of the Twain” the author uses many poetic touches such as anthropomorphism, antithesis, metaphors, irony, and tragedy to explain the speaker’s attitude towards the sinking of the ship. The speaker/author right away takes time to personify the ship in the title; ‘The Convergence of the Twain’ means the coming together of the two, as in marriage. This shows a connection to the ship rather than writing ‘the ship sunk.’ The author/speaker also takes the time to foreshadow the tragedy of the ship in the first stanza. “In a solitude of the sea deep from human vanity, and the Pride of Life that planned her, stilly couches she,” tells the reader that this beautiful, magnificent ship which was so proud and glorious is now hidden away from the vanity it was once clouded in, now at the bottom of the sea. This takes the ‘perfect’ ship and puts it into a new look. The ship was built to go against nature and endure no fatal fate but it clearly states that it could not go against the force of nature. In the eleventh stanza, it says, “Till the Spinner of Years said “Now!” And each one hears and consummation comes, and jars two hemispheres.” This indicates that the ship had no authority and once the “Spinner of Years” spoke, it could not refuse to follow this force of nature. Stanza VI also creates the image of this ship, while being created, its fate at the same times was also being fixed upon by the force of nature no man can control.

The speaker then begins to explain how the authority over nature has a plan and for a mate for the beauty. The force of nature plans her mate, an ice berg. The ice berg is also personified in, “In a shadowy silent distance grew the ice berg too.” The ice berg growing as does the ship represents the fate of two. A long awaited mate for each other than could not be avoided. The irony of the two joining is the nature of both. It is also ironic how the ship had so much expectations and so much pride that it is now…“grotesque,...
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