by Edgar Allan Poe
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.
- Edgar Allan Poe
“The Raven” is one of Poe’s most famous works. In it, he bemoans the loss of his lover and tells the tale of a man who, tortured by love, steadily slips into madness.Pair “The Raven” with “Annabel Lee” and compare how the theme of love and loss in developed in each poem.
- Roald Dahl
In “The Landlady,” Roald Dahl tells the story of a young man offered lodging by a landlady who has dark plans for him.Pair “Annabel Lee” with “The Landlady” and ask students to discuss how people respond to death. How do the two texts show how one can challenge death? In what ways do the characters of the two texts keep the deceased alive?
(love song, with two goldfish)
- Grace Chua
In Grace Chua’s poem, “(love song, with two goldfish),” the speaker describes a love story between two goldfish in a fish bowl.Pair “Annabel Lee” with “(love song, with two goldfish)” and ask students to discuss how the narrator of the story and the male fish in the poem lose the ones they love. Is the joy they feel when they are in love worth the pain they feel when the ones they love leave or are taken away from them?
A Dream Within a Dream
- Edgar Allan Poe
In "A Dream Within a Dream," the poet Edgar Allan Poe ponders whether or not everything in life is simply an illusion.Pair “Annabel Lee” with “A Dream Within a Dream” and ask students to compare the poems’ themes and motifs. How do relationships function in each poem? How does nature impact the speakers of each poem?
Was It a Dream?
- Guy de Maupassant
In Guy de Maupassant’s short story, a distraught man visits the grave of his deceased lover and makes a shocking discovery.Pair “Was It a Dream?” with “Annabel Lee” and ask students to compare the narrators. How are their tones similar? What language choices do the authors make to create these tones? How would the tone of each of these texts be different if told from perspectives of the deceased female characters?
Apollo and Hyacinthus
- Thomas Bulfinch
In the classic myth “Apollo and Hyacinthus,” Thomas Bulfinch retells the tragic story of the relationship between the god Apollo and a young man, Hyacinthus.Pair “Annabel Lee” with “Apollo and Hyacinthus” and ask students to discuss how the characters in the two texts are affected by the loss of people they cared for. How do they attempt to hold on to the people they have lost? How would students describe their expressions of grief?
Orpheus and Eurydice
- Ovid, translated by Brookes More
- 1 BCE
In the classic myth “Orpheus and Eurydice,” Ovid tells the story of Orpheus’s journey to the underworld to bring Eurydice back to earth after her premature death.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.