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- Ovid, translated by Anthony S. Kline
- 1 A.D.
Ovid was a Roman poet born in 43 B.C. who is best known for his book of classic mythology, Metamorphoses. Pygmalion is a classic story about a sculptor who falls in love with his creation.Pair "Lion in Love" with Ovid’s “Pygmalion” to discuss the similarities and differences of these portrayals of loe. Ask students to consider how love develops, especially in cases where it is unlikely or unexpected.
- Amy Tan
In “Fish Cheeks,” which is about a Chinese American girl who feels embarrassed by her family during dinner, Tan explores how culture can be essential to a person’s identity.Pair “The Lion in Love” with “Fish Cheeks” to give students a more in depth lesson on the dangers of changing ourselves to please others.
- Gary Soto
Inspired by a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet and told from the perspective of a pining stable boy, this poem offers insight into his love for the farmer’s daughter.Pair “The Lion in Love” with “Hamlet 1.3.78” and ask students to consider the obstacles the lion and the stable boy face while pursuing their love interests. How does love affect the choices of the lion and stable boy? What makes it risky for the both the lion and stable boy to pursue their love interests? What does this reveal about the nature of love?