by Wilfred Owen
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.
The Second Coming
- William Butler Yeats
In this famous poem, William Butler Yeats paints a terrifying, apocalyptic scene in order to describe the atmosphere of Europe following World War I.Pair “Dulce Et Decorum Est” with “The Second Coming” and ask students to compare and contrast the imagery used in the two poems. While both authors wrote the poems based on the effects on World War I, how do the poems differ in the how they approach the topic?
For Many Returning Vets, 'Moral Injury' Just As Difficult
- Rachel Martin (Host)
For a veteran returning home from Afghanistan or Iraq, the mental trauma of having killed someone can be just as devastating as physical injury. The Department of Veteran Affairs has called this problem “moral injury,” but some veterans think this phrase minimizes the horror of killing. In 2013, Timothy Kudo, a former Marine captain, wrote an opinion piece for The Washington Post about grappling with moral injury. In this text, he shares his experience with NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel MartinPair “Dulce et Decorum Est” and “For Many Returning Vets, ‘Moral Injury’ Just as Difficult” and ask students to identify similarities between the experience of soldiers during World War I and today. Ask students to discuss how war has changed since then, and how soldiers experiences during war have changed since then.
The War Works Hard
- Dunya Mikhail
Born and raised in Iraq, Dunya Mikhail (1965—) has written much about the wars she lived through in her home country, until she was forced to flee the country in 1996 after threats and harrassment from the government. This satirical poem praises the diligence of war and its effects, from "provid[ing] food for flies" to "invigorat[ing] the coffin makers."Pair “Dulce et Decorum Est” and “The War Works Hard” and ask students to compare and contrast the perspectives on war offered in these two poems. Evaluate which one is more effective in driving its message home with the reader.
Austrian Heir and Wife Shot to Death After Escaping Bombing
- The Washington Herald
The informational text “Austrian Heir and his Wife Shot to Death After Escaping Bombing” provides two reports from The Washington Herald on the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie.Pair “Dulce et Decorum Est” with “Austrian Heir and his Wife Shot to Death After Escaping Bombing” and have students explore the costs of war. How do Cabrinovitch’s and Prinzip’s thoughts on war and violence compare to those held by Owen’s? Can their thoughts on the matter possibly co-exist or are they too different to reconcile?
In Flanders Fields
- John McCrae
“In Flanders Fields” describes the painful losses of World War I by showing the reader an active battlefield that is already being turned into a cemetery.Pair “Dulce et Decorum Est” with “In Flanders Fields” and ask students to compare the themes and tone of the two World War I poems. How are battlefields presented in each poem, and what lessons do the poems provide regarding warfare?