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In "Siren Song" by Margaret Atwood, what is the dramatic situation of the poem?

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Margaret Atwood's "Siren Song" is addressed directly to the reader, and with the first stanza, the speaker creates the dramatic situation:

This is the one song everyone
would like to learn: the song
that is irresistible:
The reader must, perforce, read on to discover what the "one song" is. The tension builds as the Siren describes the power of this song, declaring that men kill themselves in their efforts to hear it better and that nobody who has ever heard the song has lived to reveal its secret. The Siren then offers to tell the reader the song in return for...

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