by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
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 Yellow Wallpaper
- Charlotte Perkins Gilman
“The Yellow Wallpaper” is a groundbreaking short story from 1892 told through journal entries that chronicles a woman’s struggle in dealing with male physicians who will not take her illness seriously.Pair “The Lady of Shalott” with “The Yellow Wallpaper,” two stories about isolated women in rather different settings. What do these two texts say about the role of women in society, or what it can feel like to be isolated in a room or on an island?
My Last Duchess
- Robert Browning
In Robert Browning’s renowned poem “My Last Duchess,” a speaker laments the transitory nature of his relationship with his previous partner, allegedly the result of her excessive sociability.Pair these two popular texts from the Victorian era and compare their imagery, themes, styles, and tones. What features might have characterized poetry in the Victorian era?
Tristan and Isolde
- Lady Jane Wilde
In “Tristan and Isolde: The Love Sin,” a legendary knight and a princess fall in love, but at the cost of betraying their king.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?