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The Convergence of the Twain In the poem The Convergence of the Twain Thomas Hardy uses various literary devices to portray the sinking of the Titanic as an act of Satan Even alliteration and paradox allude to this when he states sparkles bleared and black and blind This phrase alone describes the result of a horrific event apparently concocted by the devil himself after all the all-loving all-forgiving God would never damper the sparkles of jewels However the connection is made clearer throughout the poem by means of imagery irony and symbolism One way in which Hardy insinuates that the perpetrator of the tragedy was Satan is through imagery For instance stanza three statesmirrors meant to glass the opulent the sea-worms crawl-grotesque This passage refers to greed one of the seven deadly sins and as a result of the peoples vanitymirrors the devil commanded lowly sea-worms to slither across their tools of conceit In stanza six Hardy implies that the devil was part of the scheme when it readsPrepared a sinister mate for her-so gaily great Most likely Satan committed this deed besides why would God destroy something gaily great God is gaily great Finally the writer of this poem indicates that the sinking of the Titanic was an act of evil in stanza seven when he is describing the smart ship growing in stature grace and hue but continues with In shadowy silent distance grew the Iceberg too The preceding phrase reiterates the point that the devil instigated the accident when it uses dark imagery such as shadowy silent The passage also relates the Titanic to qualities of Godsmart stature grace thus alluding to the fact that the event was a result of good against evil Another device which is used to show that Satan is to blame for the sinking of the Titanic in the poem The Convergence of the Twain is irony This first occurs in stanza eight where it saysThe
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