by Gary Soto
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 Tempest 4.1.156-8
- Gary Soto
Gary Soto begins this poem with a line from Shakespeare’s The Tempest to delve into the harsh reality of death and how it is dealt with.Pair “The Tempest 4.1.156-8” with “The Taming of the Shrew Induction 1.12” and ask students to compare the tone of Shakespeare’s original line with the tone of Soto’s piece. What similar feelings do Soto’s pieces inspire?
- 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 “Hamlet 1.3.78” and “The Taming of the Shrew Induction 1.12” and ask students compare how the speakers of both poems present themselves to their love interests. What qualities to do they reveal about themselves through their words? How do they hope their love interests will respond? How are the speakers different?