In Stanza one the author begins to gives details of the ship. It has in the first line, "tattered ensign," which shows the age of the ship along with the phrase,"Long has it waved on high." both of these particular choices of phrasing show that "Old Ironsides" is indeed an old ship. Further in the stanza it uses words and phrases like,"rung the battle shout," and ,"burst the cannon's roar." These phrases insist that it is indeed a naval warship. Along with that the words "rung" and "burst" give accredit to the valiant and mighty power of the ship. Then in the last line in the first stanza it alludes to what the second stanza will hold, that the ship has finally been vanquished.