by A. E. Housman
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 Second Coming
- William Butler Yeats
In this famous poem, William Butler Yeats paints a terrifying, apocalyptic scene in order to describe the atmosphere of Europe following World War I.Pair “To an Athlete Dying Young” with “The Second Coming” for the purpose of getting students to explore tone of the kind of art and literature that emerged in these post-war years.
If We Must Die
- Claude McKay
Claude McKay (1889-1948) was a Jamaican-American writer and poet who was a seminal figure during the Harlem Renaissance. In this poem, McKay discusses facing death and other obstacles with courage and dignity, and reflects upon his perspective on the black experience during early 20th century America.Pair “To an Athlete Dying Young” with “If We Must Die” and ask students to compare the speaker’s point of view and tone in each.