by Lady Jane Wilde
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 Lady of Shalott
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson
In this popular Lord Tennyson poem, the Lady of Shalott leaves her magic tower to pursue Sir Lancelot, but is followed by a tragic curse.Pair “The Lady of Shalott” with “Tristan and Isolde: The Love Sin” and ask students to compare these two texts inspired by Arthurian legends. Do these texts share any themes, symbols, images, etc.? How does each poem frame or depict love?
- Jack London
In Jack London’s “Love Letter,” London expresses a romantic, introspective view into his feelings of tenderness toward a fellow writer.Pair “Love Letter” with “Tristan and Isolde: The Love Sin” and ask students to discuss the themes of love and betrayal in these texts. How does the language of both texts contribute to their tones and themes? Does the former text provide some perspective on their situations?