by Robert Frost
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.
Nothing Gold Can Stay
- Robert Frost
Robert Frost (1874-1963) was one of the most popular and critically respected American poets in history. His poems frequently employ rural scenes from the New England countryside. “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” published in 1923, uses nature to describe aging and the inevitable course of time.Pair these two texts by the same author and have students compare and contrast the structure of the poems, the poet’s use of symbolism and tone, and the different themes.
- Katharine Weber
Katharine Weber (b. 1955) is a contemporary American non-fiction writer and novelist. In this story, a young girl is asked to babysit--but the job turns out to be different than she expected.Pair “Home Burial” with “Sleeping” and have students compare the characters and themes in the two texts. What do these pieces tell us about loss, grief, and acceptance?
- Linda Pastan
In Linda Pastan’s poem “Accidents,” a woman loses her child and contemplates the nature of tragic accidents.Pair “Home Burial” with “Accidents” and ask students to discuss how each poem explores the experience of losing a child. Frost’s poem uses a conversation between two people to explore the impact of loss: how does this compare to Pastan’s use of singular speaker to explore loss?
The Coming of Night
- Linda Pastan
This short poem describes a speaker’s acceptance of the inevitability of death.Compare “The Coming of Night” with “Home Burial” and ask students to contrast the tone in the two poems. Why is the tone so drastically different? What can you infer is different about the speaker in “The Coming of Night” from the speaker in “Home Burial”? Are there any universal themes about death that you can compare between the two poems?