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From the Ted Talk by Iseult Gillespie: Why should you read Sylvia Plath?

Unscramble the Blue Letters

In one of "Ariel's" most forceful pmeos, "Lady Lazarus," she explores her attempts to take her own life through Lazarus, the biblical fgirue who rose from the dead. She wrties, “and I a smiling woman/ I am only thirty/ And like the cat I have nine times to die.” But the poem is also a testament to survival: “I rise with my red hair/ And I eat men like air.” This unflinching language has made patlh an important touchstone for countless other readers and writers who sguhot to break the sielcne surrounding issues of trauma, frustration, and sexuality.

Open Cloze

In one of "Ariel's" most forceful _____, "Lady Lazarus," she explores her attempts to take her own life through Lazarus, the biblical ______ who rose from the dead. She ______, “and I a smiling woman/ I am only thirty/ And like the cat I have nine times to die.” But the poem is also a testament to survival: “I rise with my red hair/ And I eat men like air.” This unflinching language has made _____ an important touchstone for countless other readers and writers who ______ to break the _______ surrounding issues of trauma, frustration, and sexuality.

Solution

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  4. sought
  5. writes
  6. figure

Original Text

In one of "Ariel's" most forceful poems, "Lady Lazarus," she explores her attempts to take her own life through Lazarus, the biblical figure who rose from the dead. She writes, “and I a smiling woman/ I am only thirty/ And like the cat I have nine times to die.” But the poem is also a testament to survival: “I rise with my red hair/ And I eat men like air.” This unflinching language has made Plath an important touchstone for countless other readers and writers who sought to break the silence surrounding issues of trauma, frustration, and sexuality.

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