by Rita Dove
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 Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
- T.S. Eliot
“Prufrock” was written by Eliot in the years leading up to WWI and was published in 1914 during what is referred to as the period of modernism. The poem is a dramatic interior monologue of an urban man, stricken with feelings of isolation and an incapability for action. Prufrock laments his physical and intellectual inertia, the lost opportunities in his life and lack of spiritual progress, of weariness, regret, embarrassment, longing, emasculation, a sense of decay, and an awareness of mortality.Pair “Heart to Heart” with “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” and ask students to compare and contrast each poem’s message about human nature, love, and desire. How is contemporary poetry different from modernist poetry?
Let's See What You're Made Of
- BirdBrain Science
“Let’s See What You’re Made Of” is an informational text that explores the world of cells, explaining how multicellular and unicellular organisms are composed.Pair “Heart to Heart” with “Let’s See What You’re Made Of” and ask students to discuss how a working knowledge of the body deepens our understanding of the body’s many functions.
(love song, with two goldfish)
- Grace Chua
In Grace Chua’s poem, “(love song, with two goldfish),” the speaker describes a love story between two goldfish in a fish bowl.Pair “Heart to Heart” with “(love song, with two goldfish)” and ask students to discuss how love is portrayed in the two poems. How do the poems explore the risks that come with love?
what love isn't
- Yrsa Daley-Ward
In Yrsa Daley-Ward’s poem “what love isn’t,” Ward explores attributes of love not often discussed.Pair “Heart to Heart” with “what love isn’t” and ask students to discuss how each poem portrays love. Do these two poets have similar perspectives on love? Do they portray love in a way you agree with or relate to?