by John Keats
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.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) was an American poet and educator, known particularly for his lyric poems. In this poem, he compares death to a mother leading her child to bed.Pair “Nature” with “Ode on a Grecian Urn” and ask students to compare how these two poets use poetry to explore death. How do the tones of these two poets differ as they discuss different aspects of death?
When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be
- John Keats
John Keats (1795-1821) was an English Romantic poet whose reputation grew after his death. This poem, though written in 1818, was first published posthumously in 1848. In it, a speaker shares desires for the future as well as fears.Pair “When I have Fears that I May Cease to Be” with “Ode on a Grecian Urn” and ask students to compare the themes and forms of these two poems by the same author.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Nobel Acceptance Speech
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
In “Martin Luther King, Jr. Nobel Acceptance Speech,” King accepts the Nobel Peace Prize for his contributions to the Civil Rights Movement.Pair “Martin Luther King, Jr. Nobel Acceptance Speech” with “Ode on a Grecian Urn” and ask students to compare the Nobel Prize with the Grecian urn. As a Nobel Prize for Peace recipient, King compares himself to a “curator.” Using evidence from the speech and poem, students should explain the meaning behind King’s comparison.