by Surabhi Surendra
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.
- Ovid, translated by Anthony S. Kline
- 1 A.D.
Ovid was a Roman poet born in 43 B.C. who is best known for his book of classic mythology, Metamorphoses. Pygmalion is a classic story about a sculptor who falls in love with his creation.Pair these two texts about finding true love. How does the story of Pygmalion, where the sculptor’s love brings his beautiful ivory girl to life, compare to the story of a woman learning to love by getting to know her husband without ever seeing him?
Answer to A Child's Question
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) was an English writer and poet. The piece was published in 1802 and is a simple poem that addresses the nature of love.Pair “Answer to a Child’s Question” with “How I Found True Love in an Arranged Marriage” and ask students to compare how love emerges in each text. Is the way love arises in the poem different or similar to the way it emerges in Surendra’s case? How so?
Would You Marry a Stranger?
- Jessica McBirney
This text provides an overview of arranged marriage today, including the cultural and historical trends that have influenced the practice.Pair “How I Found Love in an Arranged Marriage” with “Would You Marry a Stranger?” to provide two different perspectives on this phenomenon: an informational account and a personal overview. How does Surendra’s story complement the informational text? Does the informational text lack any important details that “How I Found Love” helps illuminate?