Study Guide

Casey at the Bat Stanza 7

By Ernest Lawrence Thayer

Stanza 7

Lines 25-28

Ten thousand eyes were on him as he rubbed his hands with dirt;
Five thousand tongues applauded when he wiped them on his shirt.
Then while the writhing pitcher ground the ball into his hip,
Defiance gleamed in Casey's eye, a sneer curled Casey's lip.

  • This stanza describes Casey getting ready to hit and the pitcher getting ready to pitch.
  • The pressure continues to mount. Every one of those 5,000 fans has their eyes on Casey. (Do the math—that's like 10,000 eyeballs… give or take a few.) Everyone is cheering. (Here we get more synecdoche that tells us that "Five thousand tongues applauded.")
  • The description of the "writhing pitcher" gives us the impression that he's, perhaps, a little nervous or uncomfortable to be facing mighty Casey.
  • Casey, on the other hand, seems as confident as ever. He's "defiant." He's "sneering" at the pitcher.

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