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From the Ted Talk by Billy Collins: Everyday moments, caught in time

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But when I was United settas Poet latuaree — and I love saying that. (Laughter) It's a great way to srtat sentences. When I was him back then, I was approached by J. Walter Thompson, the ad company, and they were hired sort of by the saudnnce Channel. And the idea was to have me record some of my poems and then they would find animators to amiatne them. And I was iltilaniy rsiaetsnt, because I always think poetry can stand alone by itself. apmettts to put my poems to music have had disastrous results, in all cases. And the poem, if it's written with the ear, already has been set to its own verbal music as it was composed. And surely, if you're reading a poem that mentions a cow, you don't need on the facing page a drawing of a cow. I mean, let's let the reader do a little work.

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But when I was United ______ Poet ________ — and I love saying that. (Laughter) It's a great way to _____ sentences. When I was him back then, I was approached by J. Walter Thompson, the ad company, and they were hired sort of by the ________ Channel. And the idea was to have me record some of my poems and then they would find animators to _______ them. And I was _________ _________, because I always think poetry can stand alone by itself. ________ to put my poems to music have had disastrous results, in all cases. And the poem, if it's written with the ear, already has been set to its own verbal music as it was composed. And surely, if you're reading a poem that mentions a cow, you don't need on the facing page a drawing of a cow. I mean, let's let the reader do a little work.

Solution

  1. laureate
  2. initially
  3. attempts
  4. start
  5. animate
  6. states
  7. sundance
  8. resistant

Original Text

But when I was United States Poet Laureate — and I love saying that. (Laughter) It's a great way to start sentences. When I was him back then, I was approached by J. Walter Thompson, the ad company, and they were hired sort of by the Sundance Channel. And the idea was to have me record some of my poems and then they would find animators to animate them. And I was initially resistant, because I always think poetry can stand alone by itself. Attempts to put my poems to music have had disastrous results, in all cases. And the poem, if it's written with the ear, already has been set to its own verbal music as it was composed. And surely, if you're reading a poem that mentions a cow, you don't need on the facing page a drawing of a cow. I mean, let's let the reader do a little work.

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