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Why does the poet start the poem with characters seemingly unrelated to the plot?

A

To confuse listeners and force their attention.

B

To give listeners a historical back story.

C

To apply to listeners'
previous knowledge so they can connect what they know to what they are about to hear.

D

To reiterate the achievements of past ancestors so that listeners might emulate
them.

E

To foreshadow the appearance of future characters.