by Robert Frost
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.
The Road Not Taken
- Robert Frost
Published in 1916, this poem is one of the most frequently cited and most misunderstood of Frost’s poems.Pair “The Road Not Taken” with “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” and ask students to compare the two poems. How does Frost utilize nature and imagery in each poem? What kind of journey does each narrator take?
Nothing Gold Can Stay
- Robert Frost
Robert Frost (1874-1963) was one of the most popular and critically respected American poets in history. His poems frequently employ rural scenes from the New England countryside. “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” published in 1923, uses nature to describe aging and the inevitable course of time.Pair “Nothing Gold Can Stay” with “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” and ask students to compare the two poems. How does Frost utilize nature and imagery in each poem? How does Frost frame aging/death?
- 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 “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” and ask students to compare the poems. How does each poet portray death? Are these portrayals inviting and, if so, why would the poets choose to do this?
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 “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” with “When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be” and ask students to discuss any similar themes. Consider Frost’s repetition of the final stanza.
- Linda Pastan
In this Linda Pastan poem, the speaker describes a snowstorm.Pair “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening” with “Blizzard” and ask students to compare and contrast how the setting in each poem affects the mood. Both poems use the description of snow to create a calm mood: to what extent are qualities of the snow in each poem described in similar ways? Does one poem have a more positive and peaceful tone than the other? If so, why?
- Nathaniel Hawthorne
This poem explores the mystery of life after death through descriptions of the peaceful depths of the ocean.Pair “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” with “The Ocean” and ask students to compare the two poems’ portrayals of death. How do these poets use nature to talk about death and the afterlife?
The Human Seasons
- John Keats
In John Keats’ poem “The Human Seasons,” a speaker compares the four seasons to the stages of life.Pair “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” with “The Human Seasons” and ask students to discuss how both texts use Winter symbolically. Why do students think that Winter often represents death? How do the speakers approach Winter in the two poems? How does this influence the poems’ themes of mortality?