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From the Ted Talk by Stephen Burt: Why people need poetry

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It's about the Garden of Eden and the Fall and the Biblical story of the Fall, in which sex as we know it and death and guilt come into the world at the same time. It's also about how appearances devicee, how our cutlrue can sweep us along into doing and saying things we didn't intend or don't like, and Armantrout's style is trying to help us stop or slow down. "Smack" can mean "kiss" as in air kisses, as in lip-smacking, but that can lead to "smack" as in "hit" as in domestic abuse, because sexual attraction can seem threatening. The red that means fleritity can also mean poison. Oleander is poisonous. And outworn usages like "smack" for "kiss" or "hit" can help us see how our unacknowledged assumptions can make us believe we are bad, either because sex is sinful or because we toatrele so much sexism. We let guys tell women what to do. The poem rectas to old lipstick ads, and its edginess about statement, its rrlesveas and hltas, have everything to do with resisting the language of ads that want to tell us so easily what to want, what to do, what to think. That rtcsnaesie is a lot of the point of the poem, which shows me, amtrounart shows me what it's like to hear grave thatres and mortal desnsthioy in the language of everyday life, and once she's done that, I think she can show other polpee, women and men, what it's like to feel that way and say to other people, women and men who feel so alienated or so threatened that they're not alone.

Open Cloze

It's about the Garden of Eden and the Fall and the Biblical story of the Fall, in which sex as we know it and death and guilt come into the world at the same time. It's also about how appearances _______, how our _______ can sweep us along into doing and saying things we didn't intend or don't like, and Armantrout's style is trying to help us stop or slow down. "Smack" can mean "kiss" as in air kisses, as in lip-smacking, but that can lead to "smack" as in "hit" as in domestic abuse, because sexual attraction can seem threatening. The red that means _________ can also mean poison. Oleander is poisonous. And outworn usages like "smack" for "kiss" or "hit" can help us see how our unacknowledged assumptions can make us believe we are bad, either because sex is sinful or because we ________ so much sexism. We let guys tell women what to do. The poem ______ to old lipstick ads, and its edginess about statement, its _________ and _____, have everything to do with resisting the language of ads that want to tell us so easily what to want, what to do, what to think. That __________ is a lot of the point of the poem, which shows me, __________ shows me what it's like to hear grave _______ and mortal __________ in the language of everyday life, and once she's done that, I think she can show other ______, women and men, what it's like to feel that way and say to other people, women and men who feel so alienated or so threatened that they're not alone.

Solution

  1. resistance
  2. armantrout
  3. dishonesty
  4. people
  5. reversals
  6. reacts
  7. tolerate
  8. deceive
  9. culture
  10. fertility
  11. threats
  12. halts

Original Text

It's about the Garden of Eden and the Fall and the Biblical story of the Fall, in which sex as we know it and death and guilt come into the world at the same time. It's also about how appearances deceive, how our culture can sweep us along into doing and saying things we didn't intend or don't like, and Armantrout's style is trying to help us stop or slow down. "Smack" can mean "kiss" as in air kisses, as in lip-smacking, but that can lead to "smack" as in "hit" as in domestic abuse, because sexual attraction can seem threatening. The red that means fertility can also mean poison. Oleander is poisonous. And outworn usages like "smack" for "kiss" or "hit" can help us see how our unacknowledged assumptions can make us believe we are bad, either because sex is sinful or because we tolerate so much sexism. We let guys tell women what to do. The poem reacts to old lipstick ads, and its edginess about statement, its reversals and halts, have everything to do with resisting the language of ads that want to tell us so easily what to want, what to do, what to think. That resistance is a lot of the point of the poem, which shows me, Armantrout shows me what it's like to hear grave threats and mortal dishonesty in the language of everyday life, and once she's done that, I think she can show other people, women and men, what it's like to feel that way and say to other people, women and men who feel so alienated or so threatened that they're not alone.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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collocation frequency
science fiction 3
outworn usages 2
brave man 2
stevens saves 2

Important Words

  1. abuse
  2. ads
  3. air
  4. alienated
  5. appearances
  6. armantrout
  7. assumptions
  8. attraction
  9. bad
  10. biblical
  11. culture
  12. death
  13. deceive
  14. dishonesty
  15. domestic
  16. easily
  17. eden
  18. edginess
  19. everyday
  20. fall
  21. feel
  22. fertility
  23. garden
  24. grave
  25. guilt
  26. guys
  27. halts
  28. hear
  29. intend
  30. kisses
  31. language
  32. lead
  33. life
  34. lipstick
  35. lot
  36. means
  37. men
  38. mortal
  39. oleander
  40. outworn
  41. people
  42. poem
  43. point
  44. poison
  45. poisonous
  46. reacts
  47. red
  48. resistance
  49. resisting
  50. reversals
  51. sex
  52. sexism
  53. sexual
  54. show
  55. shows
  56. sinful
  57. slow
  58. statement
  59. stop
  60. story
  61. style
  62. sweep
  63. threatened
  64. threatening
  65. threats
  66. time
  67. tolerate
  68. unacknowledged
  69. usages
  70. women
  71. world