by Grace Chua
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.
- Edgar Allan Poe
Poe's poem, “Annabel Lee” was published in 1849 and is the last complete poem published by Poe before his death. It recounts the early romance of the speaker’s now-dead lover.Pair “Annabel Lee” with “(love song, with two goldfish)” and ask students to discuss how the narrator of the story and the male fish in the poem lose the ones they love. Is the joy they feel when they are in love worth the pain they feel when the ones they love leave or are taken away from them?
Heart to Heart
- Rita Dove
In this poem, contemporary American writer and Pulitzer Prize winner Rita Dove reinvents a common symbol--the heart--and in doing so, shows us what it means to be human.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?