by Carl Sandburg
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.
There Will Come Soft Rains
- Sara Teasdale
"There Will Come Soft Rains" (1920) is a 12-line poem by Sara Teasdale in her collection Flame and Shadow. The poem imagines nature reclaiming a battlefield after the fighting is finished. The poem also alludes to the idea of human extinction by war (lines 10 and 12), which was not a commonplace idea until the invention of nuclear weapons, 25 years later.Pair “There Will Come Soft Rains” with "Fog" and have students discuss the poems’ themes. What messages about nature can be found in these two poems? How do the messages compare?
A Lonely Planet Ponders
- John P. Curtin
In John P. Curtin’s “A Lonely Planet Ponders,” Curtin uses poetry to address nonfiction topics, such as the relationship between the rigidity of scientific principles and the perceived unpredictability of life.Pair “A Lonely Planet Ponders” with "Fog" and ask students to discuss the similarities in the poems’ structures. What impact do the poems’ structures have on the overall understanding of the pieces? Would the poems be received differently if they had been written with a different poetic form?
- Carl Sandburg
In Carl Sandburg’s “Wilderness,” the speaker explains how he carries parts of the wilderness inside of himself.Pair “Fog” with “Wilderness” and ask students to discuss how these two poems by the same author use nature to provoke different feelings. Students should contrast how the subjects of each poem are described using the characteristics of animals and what impact this has on the meaning of each poem.
The Smell of Rain
- Jennifer Owings Dewey
In Jennifer Owings Dewey’s story “The Smell of Rain,” a narrator claims to be able to smell rain before it comes.Pair “Fog” with “The Smell of Rain” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore natural events. What words do the authors of the two texts use to describe fog and rain? Compare the tone of each text. How do you think the authors feel about these natural events?
- Paul Laurence Dunbar
In Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poem “Dawn,” a speaker describes how dawn earned its name.Pair “Fog” with “Dawn” to provide students with another poem depicting an event occurring in nature. What kind of language do these poets use to describe natural events? How does word choice in these two poems contribute to their tones?