by Anne Bradstreet
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.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Sonnet 43 is better known by it's popular first line, "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways." Elizabeth Barret Browning's Sonnet 43 is one of the most famous poems in the English language.Pair “Sonnet 43” with “To My Dear and Loving Husband” and ask students to compare these two poems. What uses of imagery or comparison do these poets make when talking about love?
I Am Offering This Poem
- Jimmy Santiago Baca
In this poem by American poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the speaker offers the only thing they have: this poem and their love.Pair “I Am Offering This Poem” with “To My Dear and Loving Husband” and ask students to compare how each poet frames their love. Compare the speaker of Baca’s poem, who can only offer his poem/love instead of material things, to the speaker of Bradstreet’s poem, who will not be satisfied by anything material. Which poem better encapsulates our ideas of love?
Excerpt From “The Grasshopper”
- Anton Chekhov
In this excerpt from Anton Chekhov’s “The Grasshopper,” a young couple finds happiness together despite their differing interests.Pair “To My Dear and Loving Husband” with “Excerpt from ‘The Grasshopper’” and ask students to discuss how the two texts portray romantic love. How does the love expressed by the speaker in “To My Dear and Loving Husband” compare to the love portrayed between the couple in “The Grasshopper”?