English 10: Writing Portfolio


Catholic Memorial High School



Creative Writing  

Hello Ms.Rachel Seiffert,

My name is Tedd Rossi, I live in Boston , Massachusetts. Lately I have been reading a lot of British or colonial writers in my studies of English literature .While “surfing” the web looking for a contemporary author from England or an English colony. Your name came to my attention. I am always interested in stories of war or the aftermath and I saw that in your book The Dark Room you explore the legacies of Nazi guilt in Germany through the related stories of three twentieth century Germans. This book was obviously a great novel, if I am in formed correctly, it won a Betty Trask Award and the Los Angeles Times’s Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and was short-listed for the Booker Prize. You received a David T. K. Wong award from PEN International for your work. I thought that it would be a fun book to read. I don’t know that I will do so unless I am motivated to do so.

The fact that “The Dark Room was your first novel amazes me. It just shows how skilled of a writer that you are.” I feel that, actually I am positive that I will not get around to reading your novel unless I am motivated. What could motivate a young reader, such as I, more than the author of a book, in this case you, flying in from London and arriving at Catholic Memorial to explain your books and your background. My school, classmates, and I would all benefit from your lecture or presentation. It would probably be good for you also to get out and advertise your books, people would realize how nice of a person you are for coming all the way to boston just because a young reader has asked you to. Sincerely, Tedd Rossi




























The song “As I Roved Out”,by Captain Dougal Frazer,is a song about a soldier who has returned home only to see his lover/wife does not seem to love him anymore. According to her, and my interpretation, he has betrayed her in some way with some girl that he met while he was fighting. This returning soldier who probably could not wait to get home to see the love of his probably feels enraged and sad that she thought he would do such a thing. His relationship will so, if it has not already, come to an end.

The soldier is amazed at how unrelenting his wife is at accusing him of such violations of their wedding vows. In order to try and prove her wrong he says: "If I'd married the lassie that had the land, my love it’s that I'll rue till the day I die when misfortune falls sure no man can shun it I was blindfolded I'll ne'er deny" This comment of his did absolutely nothing to persuade her that he remained loyal. He was single yet again, loveless and lonely.

This constant state of loneliness made him think and realize a lot. When he goes to bed at night he doesn’t have his warm gold treasure lying next to him, he has brass(metaphorically speaking),not worth much and is very cold. He realizes how many people and soldiers are still in foreign lands fighting or waiting to fight. He wises that the queen would withdraw the troops from the West Indies,Amerikay,and Spain. He wants the people to have the life and maintain the life that he had and was not able to hold onto. He wants them to be happy.

The song has influenced Cultures by showing people that some of the worst decisions in life can be made when you assume. The beautiful relationship that this man had ended quite abruptly because his wife/lover assumed that her husband had betrayed her while he was away fighting for his country. In fact it was most likely the complete opposite of what he actually did. He was probably thinking of her all of the time, waiting for the day where he is sent back home to see her.

I feel that people have to be more understanding in life and less stubborn. You only live once and you should make the best of it. Do not let an assumption ,true or false, ruin anything. A copy of this song was recently found in Russia, by Dr. Urbanov, folded into the diary of a Captain Dougal Frazer who presumably died at Balaclava in the Crimean war around 1853, as a member of the 93rd Highland Regiment, under Sir Colin Campbell, one time Aide de Camp to the Duke of Wellington.