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Poetry Pairing

Found In: language arts & literature, 9-12

Poetry Pairing is a feature of The Learning Network. The weekly series is a collaboration of The New York Times and the Poetry Foundation that features a poem echoing content from The Times. You can learn more about Poetry Pairing and find suggested questions and activities for any week’s pairing at New Feature: Poetry Pairings. After reading the poems and articles, readers can respond or suggest other Times content to pair with the poem.

A recent pairing is “Pentatina for Five Vowels,” which matches a poem by Campbell McGrath, an excerpt from a Science article by John Tierney, “Why You Won’t Be the Person You Expect to Be,” and a related video. You can follow a link to the complete article. The article examines the “end of history illusion,” in which people underestimate how much they will change in the future.

Two more recent pairings include “Fire and Ice” and “Bleak Weather”. “Fire and Ice” matches Robert Frost’s poem with an opinion piece by James Atlas called “Is This the End?” The article and multimedia examine the possible effects of global warning on coastal cities. “Bleak Weather” matches a poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox and “A Cool Glide Through Maine,” a travel piece by Eric Hansen about a backcountry skiing trip.



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