by William Butler Yeats
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 ComingWilliam 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 "Easter 1916" with "The Second Coming" and ask students to compare how each author uses figurative language to show the cost of conflict. How are these poems similar? How are they different?
Thomas Jefferson on Shays' RebellionThomas Jefferson
In this 1787 letter, Jefferson writes to a friend about Shays' Rebellion, an armed uprising that took place in Massachusetts because of increasing dissatisfaction with State and Federal government. He argues that rebellion is necessary for the preservation of democratic societies.Pair “Thomas Jefferson on Shay’s Rebellion” with “Easter 1916” and ask students to discuss rebellion. How does each author treat the subject of rebellion? How does each author view political idealism?
The War PrayerMark Twain
In Mark Twain's "The War Prayer," a stranger visits a congregation praying for victory in war. In front of the entire congregation, this stranger outlines the cost on human life that this victory would entail. "The War Prayer" is Twain's scathing indictment on war and blind patriotism.Pair “The War Prayer” with “Easter 1916” and ask students to discuss costs of conflict. Is peace or freedom justified at the cost of lives?
When You Are OldWilliam Butler Yeats
In William Butler Yeat's "When You Are Old," a speaker asks someone to reflect on their life and on lost love in their old age.Pair “Easter 1916” with “When You Are Old” and ask students to compare these two poems by Yeats. What structural similarities, if any, do they share? How do the tones of the two poems differ?