por Ovid, translated by Brookes More
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- Edgar Allan Poe
Poe's poem, “Annabel Lee” was published in 1849 and is the last complete poem published by Poe before his death. It recounts the early romance of the speaker’s now-dead lover.Pair “Orpheus and Eurydice” with “Annabel Lee” and ask students to discuss the similar themes in each text. Is the speaker’s reaction to losing his love similar or different than that of Orpheus? Why? What leads to loss in each text? Is the root cause similar or different? Why? Students should use evidence from each text to support their answers.
The Myth of Daedalus and Icarus
- 8 A.D.
Ovid (43 BCE – 17/18 CE), or Publius Ovidius Naso, was a Roman poet best known for the Metamorphoses, which now remains an important source of classical mythology. In this classic myth, Daedalus attempts to escape imprisonment on the island of Crete by crafting a pair of wax wings for himself and his son, Icarus.Pair “Orpheus and Eurydice” with “The Myth of Daedalus and Icarus” and ask students to discuss the similar themes in each text. What causes the tragic loss of life in these two texts? Is one more tragic than the other? Why or why not? Students should use evidence from each text to support their answers.