by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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.
- Kate Chopin
In this symbolic story, a young girl named Babette must wait patiently for figs to ripen—a metaphor for growing up in Victorian society.Pair “My Lost Youth” with “Ripe Figs” for students to compare how the main characters, the poem’s narrator and Babette, view their youth. Likewise, both texts utilize a great deal of imagery; students can improve their understanding of this literary device by reading and contrasting both pieces.
On Turning Ten
- Billy Collins
Billy Collins (b. 1941) is an award-winning American poet who writes about everyday occurrences to express the deeper meaning of life. In this poem, the speaker reflects on his youth with longing.Pair "On Turning Ten" with "The Land of Story-Books" and ask students to analyze the speaker's longing tone in each work.