by Thomas Gray
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.
A Satirical Elegy on the Death of a Late Famous General
- Jonathan Swift
In this poem, Anglo-Irish essayist, writer, and political commentator Jonathan Swift uses satire to criticize John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough, an English soldier and statesman whom Swift stated as having “no one good quality in the world besides that of a general.”Pair “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard” with “A Satirical Elegy on the Death of the Late Famous General” and ask students to compare how the two authors of the same period used different tones to comment on death, especially the deaths of the rich, powerful, and famous. How do the themes compare? Which tone is more effective at conveying the theme?
A Dead Woman's Secret
- Guy de Maupassant
Guy de Maupassant was a popular French writer during the 19th century and considered one of the fathers of the modern short story. In this story, a brother and sister mourn the passing of their saintly mother and uncover a shocking secret.Pair “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard” with “A Dead Woman’s Secret” and ask students to discuss how each text discusses memory or reputations of the dead.