He responded with a famous poem, The Convergence of the Twain (Lines on the loss of the “Titanic”) which was published in 1915.
The poem begins dolefully: "In a solitude of the sea/Deep from human vanity,/ And the Pride of Life that planned her, stilly couches she." goes on to talk about a "sea worm" crawling over the ship's mirrors and hardly mentions the victims.
Hardy's controversial poem contrasts mankind’s materialism with the integrity and beauty of nature.
Some people thought his tone showed an absence of compassion towards the great loss of life that accompanied the sinking of the ship, something he scarcely refers to.
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