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All's changed since I, hearing at twilight,
The first time on this shore
Here, the narrator acknowledges the fact that time has passed and many things changed since the first time he came to the lake. But we find that what has changed is not the lake nor the swans, but rather what happened outside the lake and the place where the lake is. The swans remained the same, trapped in eternity while the poet and the society changed constantly. Through this, we are presented with two worlds, a eternal one, beautiful, unchanged, trapped forever in a time capsule where pain and aging has no power, and a mortal world, full with pain and sorrow where the poet and every other human being lives.
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