by Wallace Stevens
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.
- Rupert Brooke
In "The Soldier" (1914) by Rupert Brooke, a young English soldier reveals his dying wish - to be remembered and honored. Rupert Brooke's poetry is a reflection of the mood in England leading up to WWI.Pair “The Soldier” with “The Death of a Soldier” and ask students to compare how each poet uses figurative language to explore the notion of death. How does the literary device the poet chooses to use influence the idea portrayed to readers?
Anthem for Doomed Youth
- Wilfred Owen
In Wilfred Owen’s illustrious poem “Anthem for Doomed Youth,” a speaker grieves the needless and undignified loss of human life he observed during the First World War.Pair “Anthem for Doomed Youth” with “The Death of a Soldier” and ask student to compare both poets’ views on the death of soldiers at war. How do they portray their opinions to readers?
- Fred D'Aguiar
In Fred D’Aguiar’s poem, “Boy Soldier,” a speaker describes a young soldier at war.Pair “The Death of a Soldier” with “Boy Soldier” to provide students with another poem about soldiers at war. Ask students to discuss how each poem portrays a soldier’s death. How do the poets use figurative language to explore war and death?