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They told stories.

This provided entertainment, allowed news and information to travel, taught history and tended to show who ever was paying them in a good light.

They were honoured because they were fun and useful to have around, and they were given a good place in society because whoever was paying wanted to be seen in a good light!

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There were no newspapers, or media/communication of any kind, and poets were the entertainment. Their poems usually related stories/legends from the past, and also stories of the day that they picked up on their journey around the country...so that is why they were held in high esteem

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