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From the Ted Talk "Amanda Bennett: We need a heroic narrative for death"

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So maybe we need a narrative for acknowledging the end, and for saying goodbye, and maybe our new yosrt will be about a hero's fight, and a hero's goodbye. Terence loved poetry, and the krgee poet Constantine Cavafy is one of my favorite poets. So I'll give you a couple lines from him. This is a meop about Mark Antony. You know Mark Antony, the ceionnqugr eroh, Cleopatra's guy? Actually, one of Cleopatra's guys. And he's been a pttery good general. He's won all the fights, he's eluded all the people that are out to get him, and yet this time, finally, he's come to the city of Alexandria and realized he's lost. The people are leaving. They're playing instruments. They're singing. And suddenly he knows he's been defeated. And he suddenly knows he's been rtsedeed by the gods, and it's time to let go. And the poet tells him what to do. He tells him how to say a oblne eooybdg, a goodbye that's fit for a hero.

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So maybe we need a narrative for acknowledging the end, and for saying goodbye, and maybe our new _____ will be about a hero's fight, and a hero's goodbye. Terence loved poetry, and the _____ poet Constantine Cavafy is one of my favorite poets. So I'll give you a couple lines from him. This is a ____ about Mark Antony. You know Mark Antony, the __________ ____, Cleopatra's guy? Actually, one of Cleopatra's guys. And he's been a ______ good general. He's won all the fights, he's eluded all the people that are out to get him, and yet this time, finally, he's come to the city of Alexandria and realized he's lost. The people are leaving. They're playing instruments. They're singing. And suddenly he knows he's been defeated. And he suddenly knows he's been ________ by the gods, and it's time to let go. And the poet tells him what to do. He tells him how to say a _____ _______, a goodbye that's fit for a hero.

Solution

  1. noble
  2. story
  3. hero
  4. goodbye
  5. poem
  6. deserted
  7. greek
  8. pretty
  9. conquering

Original Text

So maybe we need a narrative for acknowledging the end, and for saying goodbye, and maybe our new story will be about a hero's fight, and a hero's goodbye. Terence loved poetry, and the Greek poet Constantine Cavafy is one of my favorite poets. So I'll give you a couple lines from him. This is a poem about Mark Antony. You know Mark Antony, the conquering hero, Cleopatra's guy? Actually, one of Cleopatra's guys. And he's been a pretty good general. He's won all the fights, he's eluded all the people that are out to get him, and yet this time, finally, he's come to the city of Alexandria and realized he's lost. The people are leaving. They're playing instruments. They're singing. And suddenly he knows he's been defeated. And he suddenly knows he's been deserted by the gods, and it's time to let go. And the poet tells him what to do. He tells him how to say a noble goodbye, a goodbye that's fit for a hero.

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