Antigone Ode 2 Summary

What is the meaning of the second choral Ode in Antigone by Sophocles?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

The Choral Ode title "Ode II" takes place between lines 465 and 492, between scenes ii and iii. Choral Odes usually take place between scenes or divide scenes. The Chorus comments on what has just been witnessed in the previous scene and serves as the voice of the community.

The first strophe reads as follows:

CHORUS: [Strophe 1] Fortunate is the man who has never tasted God’s vengeance! / Where once the anger of heaven has struck, that house is shaken / For ever: damnation rises behind each child / Like a wave cresting out of the black northeast, / When the long darkness under sea roars up / And bursts drumming death upon the windwhipped sand. (465–470)

In this first section, the Chorus discusses the vengeance of the gods. They say that those who have not suffered as a result of the gods' vengeance are lucky, not only because they do not face that wrath but also because the gods will continue to punish the sinner's family for generations. This seems to refer to the curse of Oedipus,

(The entire section contains 2 answers and 894 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team