Truthfully, I have always held great admiration for the bardic traditions of old. In ancient Celtic cultures the bard played a significant role in the preservation of oral storytelling, both historical and mythological. A bard shared stories through song, poetry, or simple storytelling. The tradition has largely died out, but has been preserved by modern Celtic cultures; particularly among Gaels in Scotland and Ireland, and even in the Atlantic Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.
I personally have always found that stories are more interesting through song or poetry since these means require greater attention to detail and the ability to decipher allegory as well as metaphor.