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The purpose of the epithet

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Old English poetry is known for its use of epithets, Using the following as an example, determine the purpose of an epithet in this genre.

"Then out of the night
came the shadow-stalker, stealthy and swift" (702-703).

A

To serve as an extended metaphor.

B

To poetically describe an everyday object.

C

To poetically describe an important person.

D

To create a poetic contrast.

E

To access listeners' previous knowledge of another work of literature.