by Edgar Allan Poe
We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
- Edgar Allan Poe
Poe's poem, “Annabel Lee” was published in 1849 and is the last complete poem published by Poe before his death. It recounts the early romance of the speaker’s now-dead lover.Pair “Annabel Lee” with “A Dream Within a Dream” and ask students to compare the poems’ themes and motifs. How do relationships function in each poem? How does nature impact the speakers of each poem?
Excerpts from Three Sisters
- Anton Chekhov
In Anton Chekhov’s play “Three Sisters,” the Prózorov siblings struggle to find happiness in a rural Russian village.Pair “Excerpts from Three Sisters” with “A Dream Within a Dream” and ask students to discuss the dissatisfaction that the characters experience in each text. What prevents the characters from being happy? What does this reveal about the mindsets of the characters, and how are they similar?
- Linda Pastan
In Linda Pastan’s “Dreams,” the speaker uses figurative language to discuss dreams.Pair “A Dream Within a Dream” with “Dreams” and ask students to compare how the authors interpret the concept of dreaming in each poem. How do the tones differ between the poems? How are both speakers impacted by the absence of their lovers?