by Dylan Thomas
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.
- Charlotte Perkins Gilman
In Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s poem “An Obstacle,” she urges us to remain strong when facing everyday obstacles. Gilman was writing as a feminist during a time when it was not socially acceptable to identify as such.Pair “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night” with “An Obstacle” to spark a discussion about life, death, and resilience.
Death Be Not Proud
- John Donne
In "Death Be Not Proud," the speaker mocks death for its arrogance and supposed power.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?
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) was an American poet and educator, known particularly for his lyric poems. In this poem, he compares death to a mother leading her child to bed.Pair “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” with “Nature” and ask students to discuss the contrasting messages of each text. Does Longfellow urge us to accept death?
- Grace Chua
“ICU” is a poem that explores the difficulty of understanding the loss of a loved one.Pair "ICU" with "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" and have students compare and contrast the styles, tones, and structures of these two poems. How does the speaker in Chua's poem perceive death in comparison to the way the speaker in Thomas' poem perceives death?