by Denise Levertov
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.
New Carolina City
- Sydney Hamilton
In Sydney Hamilton’s “New Carolina City,” a speaker describes a seemingly impossibly perfect city known as New Carolina City.Pair “New Carolina City” with “The Glittering Noise” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore the past and present. Why does the setting of “New Carolina City” feel like it takes place in a different time period? What details of the past does the speaker discuss in “The Glittering Noise”? How do students think the two speakers feel about the past?
Walking Down Park
- Nikki Giovanni
In Nikki Giovanni’s poem “Walking Down Park,” the speaker reimagines the modern world as an idyllic wildlife landscape.Pair “Walking Down Park” with “The Glittering Noise” and ask students to discuss how both poems depict the past. What do the speakers of the two poems value about the past? Do students think that the speaker of “Walking Down Park” desires to live in the past, like the speaker of “The Glittering Noise” does? Why or why not?
- Naomi Shihab Nye
In Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem “Alphabet,” a speaker describes the loss of some of their older neighbors.Pair “Alphabet” with “The Glittering Noise” and ask students to discuss how the speaker of “Alphabet” would respond to the idea that her neighbors may have kept journals. Do students think that the speaker of “Alphabet” wishes to live in the past, like the speaker of “The Glittering Noise, or merely preserve it? What other ways could the speakers of the two poems use to keep the past alive?