by Linda Pastan
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.
- William Shakespeare
"Sonnet 18" is one of Shakespeare’s best-known love sonnets, also known as "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"Pair “Sonnet 18” with “Blizzard” and ask students to discuss how both poems use a description of nature to develop their themes. Even though the two poems use imagery from different seasons, how do their descriptions of the natural world play similar roles in shaping the theme of each poem?
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
- Robert Frost
Robert Frost (1874-1963) was one of the most popular and critically respected American poets in history. At first glance, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” is a rather simple poem — a man pausing his horse to observe a wintery landscape before moving on — but its carefully constructed lines, like the woods, hold a deeper power.Pair “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening” with “Blizzard” and ask students to compare and contrast how the setting in each poem affects the mood. Both poems use the description of snow to create a calm mood: to what extent are qualities of the snow in each poem described in similar ways? Does one poem have a more positive and peaceful tone than the other? If so, why?
- Li-Young Lee
In Li-Young Lee’s poem “From Blossoms,” the speaker describes eating peaches in the summertime.Pair “Blizzard” with “From Blossoms” and ask students to discuss the speakers' portrayals of nature. How are the speakers affected by the nature surrounding them? How do these different depictions of nature influence the tones of the poems?
- Linda Pastan
In this Linda Pastan poem, the speaker reflects on the faith placed in science in the modern world.Pair “Faith” with “Blizzard” and ask students to compare and contrast the two poems by the same author. How does Pastan use imagery in both poems to reveal relevant themes about everyday life? How does the poet intentionally structure poems to create meaning?