Titanic Poems and Songs

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Ever since the Titanic tragedy, many forms of art have spoke of the Titanic disaster commemorating the majesty of the vessel and remembering those lost on the night of April 14, 1912. Capturing the emotion of the event and illustrating the somber nature of the topic, Titanic songs and poems reflect the accomplishment of the engineering beauty of the ship as well as sadness associated with the disaster. Here are some of the most well known Titanic poems and songs and the message that they are attempting to convey.

The Lamentable Titanic Disaster

By William Topaz McGonagall, Poet and Tragedian

Written about the Titanic disaster, the poem illustrates the sense of comfort that both captain and passengers felt during the voyage of the vessel. Beginning with “Oh, mighty Titanic! It grieves me to say
That over fifteen hundred lives were taken away,
When the ocean did drown your passengers so happy and gay”, the poem then takes a turn for the worst when McGongall writes “Which happened on the fifteenth day of April in the year 1912,
When brave Captain Smith cried, “Every man for himself”!

Illustrating both triumph and tragedy associated with the Titanic, the poet illustrates the entire journey of the vessel and mentions some of the famous individuals aboard the ship when it sank including the most famous John Jacob Astor. McGongall even write about the construction of the ship. A comprehensive view of the Titanic and it’s legacy, the poem in full can be found here: The Lamentable Titanic Disaster.

The Passing of the Titanic

Written by Christopher Thomas Nixon

What was seen as an initially feeble attempt at capturing the true beauty of the Titanic and properly illustrating its tragedy, the Passing of the Titanic was written sometime in 1912 soon after the event. Showing a very extended vocabulary and perfect rhyme scheme, the poem has every element of a piece of fine literature, but lacks a bit in the content. Here are some of the verses from the Passing of the Titanic.

Through deep-sea gates of famed Southampton’s bay,
A mammoth liner swings in churning slide
Her regal tread ridged opaline gulfs asway,.
And gauntlet flings to chance, wind, shoal and tide.
Ark wonderful! Palatial town marine,
Invention’s flower, rose-peak of skill-wrought plan;
The jewelled crown of Art the wizard, seen
Since Noah’s trade in Shinar’s land began.

Vast triple screws gyrating flail and bore
Swart blades as flukes of monstrous scouring whale;
Huge arm-rock cranks, and tree-bole shaftings roar
And thrum reverberate, loud dynamic gale.
Stout deep-thrust pistons lunge and flash disport
As mastadonic mighty tusks agleam;
Grim arc-bent turbine giant whirrs retort,
And gasps propulsing, force-gyved record dream.

The poem then goes on to illustrate the Titanic tragedy as well as the aftermath, but many individuals who have this poem posted only offer the first few verses.

My Heart Will go On

Written by Ceiline Dion

Embodying the essence of love and loss, “My Heart Will go On” was the song associated with the 1994 James Cameron blockbuster Titanic. Found on virtually every music collection of the time, the song was created to be the perfect piece of art associated with the love and loss of the actors in the story. Still considered to this very day as the “Titanic song” my heart will go on is part of the soundtrack to the Titanic film.

More titanic Poems and Songs

These are quite possibly the most popular Titanic poems and songs are generally viewed as a parody within the world of the Titanic. Some songs have been written to commemorate the event, but many were not recorded and have been lost over time. When it comes to Titanic poems and songs, there is simply not a whole lot of material that has been published, and some of the items that have are regarded as foolish attempts at art.

  • dave destroyshesaid

    Melbourne musician Dave Walker has written a song about Wallace Hartley as well, as part of his 52 songs project – it’s called Leader of the Band – you can hear it at bandcamp, http://davewalker.bandcamp.com/track/leader-of-the-band or via his website, http://www.davewalker.com.au

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