Explain the theme of Thomas Hardy's poem "The Convergence of the Twain."
Most people at the time thought that the sinking of the Titanic was an appalling tragedy involving the senseless loss of innocent life. If Thomas Hardy felt the same way, then there's no sign of it in "The Convergence of the Twain." Instead, he uses the sinking of the Titanic as an opportunity to explore the relationship between man and nature. As in the disaster, so with the poem: man comes off worst.
The Titanic , like all of humankind's technological achievements, was ultimately no match for nature. All too often we fail to respect the natural world, seeing it as an object to be conquered and exploited for our own ends. And what ends are these? Frequently, they are little...
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It's about the Titanic crashing into the iceberg, which then caused the ship to sink.
The theme is that all the extravagance of human creation, symbolized by the Titanic, is no match for the divine spirit of nature that decided to overwhelm it.