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Diction

The first two stanzas the author uses diction to give us the tone admiration toward the human race. He uses the words "wonderful" "shining" and "tamed" to describe our accomplishments. This part of the ode praises mans accomplishments by using words that put them in good light, such as "high" and "shining". A change in tone occurs in the second strophe as the tone shifts from admiration to our frailty or our weaknesses. The diction switches from using words like "shining" to words like "broken" and "death". This kind of diction shows how easily our accomplishments can be destroyed. The author used the word "anarchy" to show that just one person’s thoughts and actions can bring down all of another mans accomplishments.

IMAGERY

In the first two stanzas' the author choice to use the words "numberless" "holy" "inexhaustible" and "stallions" to give you the image of something that is magnificent in your head. This image helps set the tone for these first two stanzas' by helping you feel the glory of mans’ accomplishments and picture it in your head. After Antistrophe 1 the imagery shifts as the author starts to use words such as "death" and "broken". Your image completely shifts to a chaotic image instead of the magnificent glory of mans' accomplishments you had before. This image helps to reinforce how we are strong and yet weak feeling. It supports the last two stanzas' tone by helping you imagine what it would look like to have all of your great accomplishments torn down so easily.

SYNTAX

In the first two stanzas’ the syntax really helps bring out the tone of the pride and how good their accomplishments made life. The author uses very long sentences that take up the whole stanza. That helps you feel relaxed with no hurry. When the tone switches in Strophe 2 the syntax becomes looser and has shorter sentence lengths and a less complex sentence structure. This hurries the reader up and takes away the peaceful relaxed feeling created in Strophe 1 and Antistrophe 1. The authors’ sentences become a line long instead of the stanza long in the first two stanzas.

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