by Willa Cather
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.
Excerpt from Far From the Madding Crowd
- Thomas Hardy
In this excerpt from Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd, a farmer named Bathsheba becomes the center of attention at the market.Pair “Excerpt from Far From the Madding Crowd” with “Excerpt from Song of the Lark” and ask students to discuss what makes the main characters stand out to others in the two texts. Why does Bathsheba catch other people’s attention at the market? How does this compare to what makes Thea and Aunt Tillie stand out? How do the characters view themselves and how does this compare to others’ perceptions of them?
- Alan King
In Alan King’s poem “The Listener,” the speaker hears someone laugh and is reminded of his deceased aunt.Pair “The Listener” with “Excerpt from Song of the Lark” and ask students to discuss the relationships with an aunt explored in the two texts. How does the speaker in the poem emphasize how much they cared for their aunt? In what ways is it clear that Thea cares for her aunt? How are the characters in the two texts impacted by the close relationships with their family members?