by Emily Dickinson
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.
I'm Nobody! Who Are You?
- Emily Dickinson
Dickinson, a well-known introvert, cherished isolation. In this poem, she calls public life “dreary” and takes pride in maintaining a private identity.Pair “I’m Nobody! Who are You?” with “There’s a certain Slant of light” and ask students to compare the themes of these two poems by Emily Dickinson. How does Dickinson describe her private life in “I’m Nobody! Who are You?” How might this lifestyle have contributed to some of Dickinson’s feelings of loneliness expressed in “There’s a certain Slant of light”?
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
- William Wordsworth
In William Wordsworth’s poem “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud,” the speaker describes seeing a field of daffodils.Pair “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” with “There’s a certain Slant of light” and ask students to discuss how the two poets are affected by nature. How is the speaker in “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” affected by the daffodils? How does this compare to how the speaker in “There’s a certain Slant of light” is affected by the slant of light? How do the two poems explore the range of emotion nature can evoke?