by Robert Herrick
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 Ecchoing Green
- William Blake
In this famous poem, the speaker laments the fleeting nature of youth.Pair “The Echoing Green” with “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time” and ask students to compare the two poems’ exploration of youth. How do the poems compare in regards to their perspective on aging?
Nothing Gold Can Stay
- Robert Frost
In “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” a speaker describes the fleeting nature of youth and beauty.Pair “Nothing Gold Can Stay” with “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time” and ask students to discuss how the poets use images of nature to explore youth and time. Why do the poets make this choice? How does this contribute to the reader’s understanding of each poem?
- William Ernest Henley
William Ernest Henley (1849-1903) was an English poet, critic, and editor. His best known poem is “Invictus,” published in 1875, which he wrote just following the amputation of his foot due to tuberculosis.Pair “Invictus” with “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time” and ask students to discuss how the two poets’ views on fate compare. What degree of control do the poets suggest readers have over their fate? How does one take control of their fate?
Here We Aren't, So Quickly
- Jonathan Safran Foer
In this avant-garde short story, a man reflects on his life and his relationship with his family.Pair “Here We Aren’t, So Quickly” with “To the Virgins, To Make Much of Time” and ask students to discuss the theme of love in the two texts. Have students compare and contrast the effect of time on relationships and love as portrayed in the two texts.
- Naomi Shihab Nye
In Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem “Alphabet,” a speaker describes the loss of some of their older neighbors.Pair “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time” with “Alphabet” and ask students how the two poems discuss aging. What are the benefits and disadvantages to growing old that the two poems explore? How do the two poems use figurative language to explore these themes?
- Tom Weiser
In Tom Weiser’s essay “Koloman Running,” the author describes taking his nephew for a walk through the forest.Pair “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time” with “Koloman Running” and ask students to discuss how the two texts explore aging. How do both texts depict the process of aging? Ask students to discuss how the author of “Koloman Running” views getting older, and how this compares to the views expressed in “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time.”