Convergence of the Twain

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, slimed, dumb, indifferent. ”(9) Stanza III means that the ship itself was designed for riches and wealth and to impress, but now lies as if nothing below the surface. In stanza II the heart of the ship now does not beat. The ship is now a left over scrap metal of the fire of life. Left dead to dwell among the ashes and cannot live through the fire.

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The ship lies in the midst of the cold, bottomless ocean. It’s dead broken, once full beating heart is now a tool of the tide. The lifeless wife is now an empty instrument of the ocean, breathing no life, but only tides. The ship and the ice berg were designed for each other, “prepared a sinister mate. ” (19) The ship was thought of a beautiful, elegant bride and was fixed on fate in an elaborate meeting or convergence of its spouse. The ship was so personified throughout this read that the reader is to believe that it is the marriage of two. The spiritual bonding and joining of two halves, to become whole.