- Sinking of the Titanic
- Each stanza a single sentence describing one image
- Ryhming triplets
- personification of fate shows that everything happens for a reason
'Convergence of the Twain'
- titanic and iceberg coming together - ship is a body
'In a solitude of sea deep from human vanity'
- destroyed by pride and now lies away far from it
- image of the wreck under water
'And the Pride of Life that planned her, stilly couches she'
- 'Pride of Life' John 2:16 claimed it was unsinkable = overpoud and confident
'stilly couches she'
- female personification of ship
'late the pyres'
- bodies burnt on pyres
- salamanders can go through fire = metaphor for remains
'cold currents thrid'
- sea water runs through the wreck creates music = metaphor
'to glass the opulent'
- 'opulent' beautiful and ornate
- the mirrors are reflecting the wealth of the passengers
'the sea worms crawls'
- juxtaposition creates contrast
- reference to death and fall of man
'grotesque, slimed, dumb'
- image of revoltion
- nature doesn't care about the importance of titanic = represents death and tragedy as indifferent
'Jewels in joy designed'
- imagery of chandlier
- assonance and alliteration create echo affect which makes it feel lifeless
'bleared and black and blind'
- contrasts chandlier
- sense of loss through alliteration and triad
'Dim moon-eyed fishes near'
- imagery creates idea of intrigued fish wondering what it is
- incogrous = out of place
'gaze at gilded gear'
- working parts remain
'and query: what does this vaingloriousness down here?'
- direct speech
- nature commenting on variety of man
'this creature of cleaving wing'
- suggests ship is a bird (on sea) as it forges path through the waves'
- 'cleaving wing' = seperate = boat beginning to break
'the Immanent Will'
- thing that runs all things
- will that is in all things
'prepared a sinister mate for her'
- ship is like a bride being prepared for a wedding (maiden voyage)
- 'sinister mate' juxtaposition
- lover and ship brought together by fate
- nature created the iceberg while man created this machine
'as the smart ship grew in stature, grace and hue'
- contrast as iceberg grows natrually while ship was being built
'alien they seemd to be'
- no one could imagine them being connected
- too different from eachother
'by paths coincident'
- going to coincide
'twin halves of one august event'
- fated together
- form one whole
'Spinner of the Years'
- The Three Graces = spin thread of life only to cut it when you die
- exclamation and imperative = fate
- direct speech
'consummation comes, and jars two hemispheres
- lovers are now joined together
- shock the world news