by Emily Dickinson
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.
Because I could not stop for death
- Emily Dickinson
In Emily Dickinson's "Because I could not stop for Death," the speaker meets Death, personified as a carriage driver. This poem is a classic example of Dickinson's poetry - short, choppy sentences, packed with meaning and metaphor.Pair “Because I could not stop for Death” with “I felt a Funeral, in my Brain” and ask students to discuss how Emily’s Dickinson’s portrayal of death compares to her description of a funeral. Does she express the same attitude towards death in the two poems? Why or why not?
We Grow Accustomed to the Dark
- Emily Dickinson
- c. 1862
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) was an American poet who spent most of her life in seclusion. This poem was written in 1862, but was published posthumously (or after Dickinson’s death) in 1953. In this poem, the speaker discusses "the Dark," something unknown and ever-present.Pair “We Grow Accustomed to the Dark” with “I felt a Funeral, in my Brain” and ask students to discuss how the themes of the two Emily Dickinson’s poems compare. How do the two poems use metaphors to explore intangible experiences? How does the form of Dickinson’s poems contribute to their themes?
The Yellow Wallpaper
- Charlotte Perkins Gilman
“The Yellow Wallpaper” is a groundbreaking short story from 1892 told through journal entries that chronicles a woman’s struggle in dealing with male physicians who will not take her illness seriously.Pair “The Yellow Wallpaper” with “I felt a Funeral, in my Brain” and ask students to discuss how the two texts explore internal loss. Ask students to compare the internal struggles that are depicted in the two texts. What literary devices do the two authors use to describe experiences of the mind, rather than the body?
Depression, The Secret We Share
- Andrew Solomon
In the speech “Depression, The Secret We Share,” Andrew Solomon describes his experiences with depression and why some people are more resilient with the illness than others.Pair “I felt a Funeral, in my Brain” with “Depression, The Secret We Share” to prompt students to discuss the poem that begins Andrew Solomon’s TED Talk in greater detail. How do different forms of writing help contribute to students’ understandings of depression? How does Dickinson’s poem explore other aspects of depression?