by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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.
Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet
- William Shakespeare
- c. 1593
In these excerpts from Shakespeare's famed drama Romeo and Juliet, the star-crossed lovers lament the family names that made them mortal enemies.Pair “Sonnet 43” with “Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet” to further demonstrate the strong effects of love on identity.
Excerpts from Jane Eyre
- Charlotte Bronte
Jane Eyre, published in 1897, is a novel written from the first-person perspective about a plain governess named Jane who falls in love with her employer, Mr. Edward Rochester.Pair “Sonnet 43” with “Excerpts from Jane Eyre” and ask students to compare the two texts. Are there similar themes or language in both pieces? How do the relationships compare?
Answer to A Child's Question
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) was an English writer and poet. The piece was published in 1802 and is a simple poem that addresses the nature of love.Pair “Answer to a Child’s Question” with “Sonnet 43” to teach students how the universality of love in literature is both consistent (as a universal experience) and varying (in the way it is experienced).
To My Dear and Loving Husband
- Anne Bradstreet
Addressed to Bradstreet’s husband, this poem depicts the intimacy of a couple deeply in love.Pair “Sonnet 43” with “To My Dear and Loving Husband” and ask students to compare these two poems. What uses of imagery or comparison do these poets make when talking about love?