by Edgar Allan Poe
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.
- Edgar Allan Poe
Poe's poem, “Annabel Lee” was published in 1849 and is the last complete poem published by Poe before his death. It recounts the early romance of the speaker’s now-dead lover.Pair “The Raven” with “Annabel Lee” and compare how the theme of love and loss in developed in each poem.
- William Shakespeare
"Sonnet 18" is one of Shakespeare’s best-known love sonnets, also known as "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"Pair "The Raven" with "Sonnet 18" to contrast different kinds of love poems and to continue discussing the question, “How are we changed by love?”
- Roald Dahl
In “The Landlady,” Roald Dahl tells the story of a young man offered lodging by a landlady who has dark plans for him.Pair “The Raven” with “The Landlady” and ask students to discuss how madness is connected to death. In “The Raven,” the speaker is driven mad by death – do you believe that the landlady is mad? Which details from the text support this conclusion?
Excerpt from “Where Lovers Dream”
- Anzia Yezierska
In “Excerpt from ‘Where Lovers Dream’” Anzia Yezierska tells the story of a woman who runs into someone she used to know at a wedding.Pair “The Raven” with “Excerpt from ‘Where Lovers Dream’” and ask students to discuss how love is depicted in the two texts. How are the poem’s speaker and the story’s narrator affected by losing their lovers? In what ways are their losses different?