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From the Ted Talk by Iseult Gillespie: The myth of Hades and Persephone

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When Persephone ascended to erath, she and her mother rejoiced. Together, they showered the fields with rain and nterruud them with sun. For mortals, Persephone’s arrival came to herald the start of spring. But her descent always came too soon. Each time she returned to Hades, Demeter mourned, and the earth grew cold, dark, and unyielding, ushering in the winter months. kinnowg Demeter couldn’t be roused from her grief, the hanmus stored their corps, stoked their fires, and awaited Persephone’s safe return. And so it was that her tnairst mrkaed the gradual turning of the seasons and the bittersweet compromise between life and daeth.

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When Persephone ascended to _____, she and her mother rejoiced. Together, they showered the fields with rain and ________ them with sun. For mortals, Persephone’s arrival came to herald the start of spring. But her descent always came too soon. Each time she returned to Hades, Demeter mourned, and the earth grew cold, dark, and unyielding, ushering in the winter months. _______ Demeter couldn’t be roused from her grief, the ______ stored their _____, stoked their fires, and awaited Persephone’s safe return. And so it was that her _______ ______ the gradual turning of the seasons and the bittersweet compromise between life and _____.

Solution

  1. humans
  2. earth
  3. crops
  4. knowing
  5. death
  6. nurtured
  7. transit
  8. marked

Original Text

When Persephone ascended to Earth, she and her mother rejoiced. Together, they showered the fields with rain and nurtured them with sun. For mortals, Persephone’s arrival came to herald the start of spring. But her descent always came too soon. Each time she returned to Hades, Demeter mourned, and the earth grew cold, dark, and unyielding, ushering in the winter months. Knowing Demeter couldn’t be roused from her grief, the humans stored their crops, stoked their fires, and awaited Persephone’s safe return. And so it was that her transit marked the gradual turning of the seasons and the bittersweet compromise between life and death.

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Important Words

  1. arrival
  2. ascended
  3. awaited
  4. bittersweet
  5. cold
  6. compromise
  7. crops
  8. dark
  9. death
  10. demeter
  11. descent
  12. earth
  13. fields
  14. fires
  15. gradual
  16. grew
  17. grief
  18. hades
  19. herald
  20. humans
  21. knowing
  22. life
  23. marked
  24. months
  25. mortals
  26. mother
  27. mourned
  28. nurtured
  29. persephone
  30. rain
  31. rejoiced
  32. return
  33. returned
  34. roused
  35. safe
  36. seasons
  37. showered
  38. spring
  39. start
  40. stoked
  41. stored
  42. sun
  43. time
  44. transit
  45. turning
  46. unyielding
  47. ushering
  48. winter