The Convergence of the Twain Questions and Answers
by Thomas Hardy

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What historic event might "The Convergence of the Twain" be referring to? Whose fault was it, according to the poet? Explicate the poem to show how the poet gets his theme across.

The poem "The Convergence of the Twain" refers to the sinking of the Titanic. While Hardy makes clear that human vanity and pride bear much of the blame for the tragedy, he invokes the specter of an angry God or gods. In their arrogance, humans may have created their unsinkable ship, but it takes an omnipotent "Spinner of the Years" to remind them they cannot subjugate nature.

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As Thomas Hardy himself alludes to in part of the poem's title ("Lines on the loss of the Titanic"), the poem is about the doomed and "unsinkable" cruise liner the Titanic . Hardy places the blame on the shoulders of humans, but at the same time, he indicates they did not cause the accident. The cruel and omnipotent gods bear the blame, or merely the Christian God—"the Spinner of the Years." Nonetheless, Hardy makes clear that because of their "vanity," "pride," and belief they had created a ship that...

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