by Thomas Bulfinch
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.
Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet
- William Shakespeare
- c. 1593
In these excerpts from Shakespeare's famed drama Romeo and Juliet, the star-crossed lovers lament the family names that made them mortal enemies.Pair excerpts from “Romeo and Juliet” with “Apollo and Hyacinthus” and ask students to discuss how love changes the characters in the two texts. How do the two texts use imagery of flowers? What effect does this have on the theme and tone of the two texts?
- 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 “Apollo and Hyacinthus” and ask students to discuss how the characters in the two texts are affected by the loss of people they cared for. How do they attempt to hold on to the people they have lost? How would students describe their expressions of grief?