by Teri Ellen Cross Davis
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.
- Grace Chua
“ICU” is a poem that explores the difficulty of understanding the loss of a loved one.Pair “Mercy” with “ICU” and ask students to compare the tone of the two poems. How do the speakers of both poems face the potential death of loved ones? How do both speakers deal with uncertainty around why tragedies occur, and what could happen to their loved ones after death?
- Linda Pastan
In Linda Pastan’s poem “Accidents,” a woman loses her child and contemplates the nature of tragic accidents.Pair “Mercy” with “Accidents” and ask students to compare how the poems deal with death and grief. How do the speakers of both poems face tragedy, particularly those affecting infants? How does the use of hospital rooms as the settings of both poems impact their meaning?