By Thomas Hardy Question 1 Look at the word choice: What is the effect of the word “convergence”? The word “Twain”? The word “Loss”? Question 1 Look at the word choice: What is the effect of the word “convergence”? The word “Twain”? According to American Heritage Dictionary: Convergence -- The process of coming together or the state of having come together toward a common point. Twain – used in the KJV of the Bible and in the Wedding Service Question 2 Read over the first stanza (I). What do you notice about the sounds in this stanza? What do these sounds suggest? Question 3 How are the ideas within stanzas II, III, and IV presented to the reader? Why might this be? Question 4 There is obviously a lot of alliteration in this poem. Examine a variety of the examples of it throughout the text and consider the effect. Overall, what does the alliteration achieve? Question 5 What changes occur between I-V and VI-XI? What is the effect of such changes? Question 6 What is the effect of separating each stanza with a Roman numeral? Question 7 Examine the language in stanzas IX, X, XI – Why “intimate welding” (line 27)? Why “twin halves” and “august event” (line 30)? Why “consummation” (line 33)? Question 8 Taking all of this into account, what specifically is the speaker’s attitude toward the sinking of the Titanic? Does your response to this question change from your initial response? If so, in what ways? HW: Revisit the other 4 poems Re-examine each of the other poems in the packet. Make certain that your “What” is specific and defensible with the text. Print and complete a new chart if needed. Question In what order are the events discussed in this poem presented? Why might the author have organized it in this way?