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"From the Ted Talk by Paddy Ashdown: The global power shift"

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There's a poem written by a very famous English poet at the end of the 19th century. It was said to echo in Churchill's brain in the 1930s. And the poem goes: "On the idle hill of summer, lazy with the flow of streams, hark I hear a distant dmrmeur, drmiunmg like a sound in dreams, far and near and low and louder on the roads of earth go by, dear to fernid and food to powedr, soldiers marching, soon to die." Those who are interested in poetry, the poem is "A shpsohrrie Lad" written by A.E. hmoasun.

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There's a poem written by a very famous English poet at the end of the 19th century. It was said to echo in Churchill's brain in the 1930s. And the poem goes: "On the idle hill of summer, lazy with the flow of streams, hark I hear a distant _______, ________ like a sound in dreams, far and near and low and louder on the roads of earth go by, dear to ______ and food to ______, soldiers marching, soon to die." Those who are interested in poetry, the poem is "A __________ Lad" written by A.E. _______.

Solution

  1. drumming
  2. powder
  3. drummer
  4. friend
  5. shropshire
  6. housman

Original Text

There's a poem written by a very famous English poet at the end of the 19th century. It was said to echo in Churchill's brain in the 1930s. And the poem goes: "On the idle hill of summer, lazy with the flow of streams, hark I hear a distant drummer, drumming like a sound in dreams, far and near and low and louder on the roads of earth go by, dear to friend and food to powder, soldiers marching, soon to die." Those who are interested in poetry, the poem is "A Shropshire Lad" written by A.E. Housman.

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collocation frequency
treaty based 7
global space 6
nation state 6
united states 4
powerful nation 4
polar world 4
western power 3

Important Words

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