It proves that the speaker is untrustworthy. It indicates that the speaker is fantasizing about a girl who never existed. It shows that the speaker is willing to lie to further his own interests.
This incident causes us to question the reliability of the whole narrative. We know from earlier in the poem that the speaker has been lying to us - he has been fabricating stories about his love life. But even though we know this, we still feel compelled to listen to another story. Why is that?
I think we are drawn into the poem because we want to hear more stories about this girl. Even though we know that they are all lies, we still want to believe them. This is why some people say that poetry is like food for the soul; it provides energy to those who read it.
The more we read about this mysterious girl, the more we want to know about her. But what we discover instead is that she is evil; she uses the speaker for his own purposes. After hearing about her betrayal, we no longer want to hear anything else about her.
Thus, the incident moves the action of the poem forward because it creates a gap in the narration.
"When You're Old" should be read again. Which choice best describes the speaker's suggested identity and point of view in the poem? In the poem, the speaker is the only male who sincerely loves the woman. Take a look at this extract from The Fellowship of the Ring. It comes from a chapter called "The Council of Elrond".
At last she spoke, and her voice was like silver breaking on the shore of a mountain lake: "Old friend," she said, "thou art wiser than thy years. For it is the love of women that is mortal, not they. It is the love of men that is immortal." Then she looked down upon the crown of silver that Samildar had made for her, and she sighed and said: "Thy gift is far too great for me; yet if thou wilt have it so, I will wear it in remembrance of thee while I am alive." And she put on the crown to show it to him.
A: The speaker is an old man who has loved many times and who is now loving a third time.
B: The speaker is an old man who has loved twice and who is now loving a third time.
C: The speaker is a young man who has never been married but who has always loved women.
What does this passage tell about the poem's speaker? It demonstrates that she accepts all aspects of her background by refusing to be labeled as any one of them. Read the following paragraph from "Children of the Americas."
"I am an Indian woman," she declared. "Who would have me otherwise?" The poet is not denying her Indian heritage, but rather asserting her identity as a full person. She is saying that she is proud of both her Indian and white heritage, and views it as something to be valued rather than rejected.
The speaker in this poem is willing to accept everyone around her for what they are; neither Indians nor whites, but human beings with different skin colors. This idea is demonstrated through her use of the word "every" (meaning "everyone"). She is not only accepting others as they are, but also as individuals. No one group is favored over another - all people are treated equally.
The poem also reveals that the speaker is young. She has accepted her situation and found peace with it. There is no sense of regret or disappointment with her life so far, which means that she has lived it fully and enjoyed every moment of it.
Finally, the speaker shows that she is strong willed by comparing herself to a mountain.
What effect does the poem's arrangement have? The speaker's paranoia grows worse. He thinks everyone around him is conspiring against him. So he goes to great lengths to hide his crimes even though they are not serious.
This poem contains many metrical variations. While some poets prefer using one form of meter throughout their poems, others like using various forms of meter to express different ideas. Shakespeare is an example of a poet who used multiple forms of meter throughout his plays. It is easy to tell which lines from his plays are written by which poets because they use different forms of English language poetry today.
Shakespeare used iambic pentameter at times and then other meters such as dactylic hexameter or sonnet meter when writing certain scenes or characters.
So, yes, this poem uses various forms of meter to show the speaker's emotional state during different parts of the story.