by John Donne
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.
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
- Dylan Thomas
Dylan Thomas' most famous poem, written for his dying father, in which he urges him to "rage, rage against the dying of the light."Pair "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" with "Death Be Not Proud" and ask students to discuss how the poems depict death. According to the poems, how should people face dying?
The Coming of Night
- Linda Pastan
This short poem describes a speaker’s acceptance of the inevitability of death.Pair “The Coming of Night” with “Death Be Not Proud” and ask students to compare the tones in the two poems. What phrasing, imagery, or other literary devices to the two poets use to paint their pictures of death, and how do those things end up creating such different tones? Do the speakers have the same attitude towards death? Why or why not?