On Narration in Homer
The Odyssey goes out of its way to praise singers and storytellers. When they are mentioned, they are first described and exalted. The description of narrators/singers has a deep effect on the internal audience, as the singer is always revered above others. The way in which the narration is at times played with also has a profound effect on the audience, drawing them deeper into the story. Homer's narration is a key component to how the audience reacts to the story.