In this poem what does the usage of different tenses aim to in line 3, 4, 5, 6?
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The poem begins with the word "so" and then adds the tense shift in each line. The tense shift juxtaposes time in a unique way to give a much more rounder view of the pleasure and the pain of life. The consistency of adding "So was it", "So is it", and "So be it" gives a reader a sense of permanency in life despite the good and bad times.