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The poem begins and ends with a funeral and depicts a series of old men helped by younger men, clearly reinforcing the notion of cyclicality.
Why might cyclicality be important to Christian listeners?
It alludes to baptism and the forgiveness of original sin.
It alludes to the rebirth promised in the afterlife.
It alludes to God's sacrifice of his son Jesus.
It alludes to the concept of the Holy Spirit.
It alludes to Jesus's birth to the Virgin Mary.