Why were poets so valued in Anglo-Saxon culture? Is there anyone in the modern day who could carry the same value?
Poets were revered in early Anglo-Saxon times for several reasons. First and foremost, poets were the storytellers of the era. The poets would take on the role of traditional storytellers who would relate history and folklore to everyone. This was related to another contribution of theirs—keeping history. Poets acted almost as oral historians—the stories they told would carry on historical records and ensure that each generation knew the things (mythological or real) that had happened in their history.
Finally, poets were entertainers. Of all the other benefits, a poet provided a fun story to listen to, much like musicians or actors. Poetry was an art form that has always been enjoyed by many, and when it was combined with epic tales from history, it was an entertaining way to spend some time.
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