PYRRHIC : In classical Greek or Latin poetry, this foot consists of two unaccented syllables--the opposite of a spondee . At best, a pyrrhic foot is an unusual aberration in English verse, and most prosodists (including me!) do not accept it as a foot at all because it contains no accented syllable. Normally, the context or prevailing iambs, trochees, or spondees in surrounding lines overwhelms any potential pyrrhic foot, and a speaker reading the foot aloud will tend artificially to stress either the first or last syllable. See meter for more information.
Then secondly, look at the long section in the middle of the passage, verses 6 to 20. Here now is the solemnity of the harvest. It begins, notice, with the voice of three angels; verses 6 to 13. The first in verse 6, has “an eternal gospel to proclaim to those that dwell on the earth, to every tribe and language and people.” Now remember that phrase, “every tribe and language and people.” Back in chapter 13 verse 7, the first beast, the great symbol of the anti-Christian powers of state-sponsored evil, he is given authority, John says, over “every tribe and people and language and nation.” It seeks to deceive the world and lead humanity into the devil’s lie. But while Satanic forces propagate deception throughout the world, here in chapter 14, we learn that the forces of righteousness take a globe-spanning Gospel to those very same nations and peoples and languages. The beastly powers of spiritual darkness, they have authority and political might and social acceptability lending credibility to their message and their methods. All we have are words. We have a Gospel to announce, a Gospel, an eternal Gospel for the nations. And yet, as verses 1 to 5, have just shown us, whatever the strategy and strength of Satan, 144,000 will be saved. That is, every single one of God’s elect from every people group and every place across the ages will be brought to faith in Messiah Jesus through this eternal Gospel. Isn’t that thrilling? The saints, chapter 12 verse 11, “conquer through the word of their testimony.” Our message wins. Our message wins.
Liberty Paint is a complicated symbol showing the place of African-Americans in American society. Blacks labor to make the paint, but whites earn most of the profit. The chemical ingredient “dead black” is used in creating the finished product, which comes out as “Optic White” – expressing the worry that the assimilation of black society into America society will turn out to be a devouring and erasure of any kind of black identity. Going beyond the mere portrayal of racism, these Invisible Man symbols point to the ambiguities of deeper issues of identity and culture.