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Unformatted text preview: 9/23/08 Oral poets were proffesionals, something they did by choice. I t takes talent to do it, you have to have it so people would want to listen. Later they were organized into guilds, often a hereditary proffesion. In the odyssey, he describes them as artists, comparing them to the highest of professions. They were generally anonymous. They were considered the mouths of the muses. Theres a possibility that they were blind because it would fit Homeric lore. I t would have been alright because this doe not require sight. Blind people also have a heightened sense of hearing. I t was to tell traditional and familiar tales to be told in a traditional and familiar way. People wanted to hear what they already knew. He creates the story using flashbacks and memories He lived near the central area around the island of keus. He lived around the very end of the 9 th , beginning of the 8 th century....
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