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The past is told through the memories and memoriazations of a wealth of ancient storytellers. The story passed on would have been extremely accurate, as the job itself was difficult. People memorized these tales word for word...... there are still people who verbally repeat and carry on the epic tales of the past. I recently watched a documentary about a man in Ireland..... fascinating.
The distance wouldn't be between the poet and the past; he is the narrator and his words come froma long ago time...... his listeners however would over time find the tale more glorious, hard to believe, and out of their scope as time went on. Today, we see this as an epic adventure with otherworldly beasts...... today, it's a fantasy. In ancient time, these tales were believed and the creatures could have been anything ot anyone that might have been different and misunderstood. Fear and superstition.
This is a pretty difficult question to answer. We really don't know who the poet of Beowulf was. I'm not sure what his own past might have been. I'm also not sure what you mean by "our" version of the past.
I don't know what my teacher means by that