by Percy Bysshe Shelley
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.
There Will Come Soft Rains
- Sara Teasdale
"There Will Come Soft Rains" (1920) is a 12-line poem by Sara Teasdale in her collection Flame and Shadow. The poem imagines nature reclaiming a battlefield after the fighting is finished. The poem also alludes to the idea of human extinction by war (lines 10 and 12), which was not a commonplace idea until the invention of nuclear weapons, 25 years later.Pair “Ozymandias” with “There Will Come Soft Rains” and ask students to discuss man’s relation to nature in both poems. How is nature depicted in opposition to mankind? How do the authors of both poems use nature to critique human behavior?
A Satirical Elegy on the Death of a Late Famous General
- Jonathan Swift
In this poem, Anglo-Irish essayist, writer, and political commentator Jonathan Swift uses satire to criticize John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough, an English soldier and statesman whom Swift stated as having “no one good quality in the world besides that of a general.”Both “Ozymandias” and “A Satirical Elegy on the Death of a Late Famous General” use irony to comment on deceased leaders, but have very different tones. Ask students to discuss the contrasting tones and support their responses with specific details from both texts.