• Exodus 15, the Song at the Sea, appears to be triggered by the
    divine victory over the Egyptians at the Sea, but the poet draws on other
    literary images of destruction, images that are incompatible, in order to
    express exuberance over divine victory. This seemingly rudimentary technique
    is adroitly deployed in tandem with strategies of historical shaping
    and poetics. Time is retarded and accelerated, events and characters are
    omitted or transformed, and perspective and emphasis are shifted. Reality
    contemporary to the poet is mirrored in the distant past. Poetic strategies
    of endstopping, varying line length, and staircase parallelism work in
    tandem to heighten emotional intensity.