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It's Rodent the first in an oil bloc found
A twitch that tags on to a story in sound
Like Wotan it turns an irate cop around.
It's a long span of time, in a visual way.
That is the word that I'm trying to say.

The answer is a single English word. There are five clues, all found in the first four lines. This is a cryptic crossword style puzzle. The clues are four ways to construct the word and a definition.

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  • $\begingroup$ Now that you've elaborated I've gone ahead and added the cryptic-clues tag. $\endgroup$ – Will Mar 10 '16 at 6:12
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The word is

Operatic

It's Rodent the first in an oil bloc found

OPEC, with "rat I" ("rat the first") inside

A twitch that tags on to a story in sound

Twitch = tic, story in sound = opera

Like Wotan

Wotan is a character in Wagner's Ring Cycle operas

it turns an irate cop around.

Operatic is an anagram of "irate cop"

It's a long span of time, in a visual way.

"era" inside "optic"

Can You Tell What the Answer Is?

The title contains a reference to William Tell

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    $\begingroup$ And for absolute completeness Wotan (and Tell in the title) are characters in famous operas. $\endgroup$ – Hugh Meyers Mar 10 '16 at 6:32

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