English 10: Writing Portfolio


Catholic Memorial High School



Creative Writing  

Dear Douglas Dunn,

My name is Chris Rooney and I am a student at Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury Mass. In our English class we are studying British literature and some of the great authors in history. On our way back to Beowolf, we will study many great authors. Unfortanatly you will not be one of them.

I am writing to you because I would like to send an invitation for you to come visit our class. I believe if you come to talk to us we would really benefit from hearing a real British author speak. Last year, I started reading some of your poems out of "Terry Street" and was amazed with your work. I could really relate to some of your poems and actually used one of the poems to memorize for a speech we did in English class. In the futer I plan on reading more of your poems and books.

Because our class is unable to really hear from a British Author, I do not believe we really understand the writngs that we read. If you do not come I think we will lose readers to your writngs and all other authors because the lack of understanding. So please come visit our class so we can learn from a great author.


Chris Rooney































The song “Roamin in the Gloamin” was written by Sir Harry Lauder in 1898. The song is of Scottish origin and was one of the most popular love songs of the late 19th century, early 20th century. However the only way you could hear this song was if Sir Harry Lauder sung it himself, for it was not recorded on tape until 1926. This love song was most popular at weddings, balls, and anniversary occasions.

When Sir Harry Lauder first wrote this song, he did not expect it to be such a big hit. He wrote this song for the great love of his wife. The song speaks about what they used to do when they were younger and the day that he proposed to her. “O its lovely roamin in the gloamin.” This is not a normal line from a song that we would see today. What Lauder is saying in this line is that he loves walking with his wife under the twilight sky. “When the sun has gone to rest, that’s that time I like the best.” This line proves to us that there was nothing that Lauder would rather do then walk under the stars with his wife. The line where he tells us about when he asked his wife to marry him is one that we can understand. “I kissed her twice, and asked her once to be my wife.” The way Lauder describes the love he had for his wife is why it is one of the most beloved love songs of the late 19th and early 20th century.

Another reason why this song was so popular was that it was one of the few love songs that had a happy ending. A lot of the longs that were written about their love was sad and had a sorrowful ending. In the song “Roamin in the Gloamin” it ends happy. “When she promised I got up and danced the Hielan' Fling; I’ve just been to the jewelers and I've picked a nice wee ring.” It shows us and the people that love does exist and that happy endings are possible.

Sir Harry Lauder is a genius for writing this song. He gave hope to all the people who could not find their true love, and that you will find the person to marry. When finally recorded, the record sold thousands and was made Sir Harry Lauder’s most famous song, “Roamin in the Gloamin.”




























On August 27, 2004, Marco Boskic was arrested for an illegal entry into the United States five years earlier. Marco was not a new comer to being arrested. The Peabody man had many encounters with the law, which included drunk driving and serious assaults. What authorities would later realize is that Marco was a very dangerous man. Marco was one of many men who slaughtered over 1,200 Bosnian Muslim men and 1995. He was part of the Bosnian Serb Army and refused to tell the authorities that he was part of the 10th Sabotage that added over 7,000 executions of Bosnian men and boys in the town of Srebenica. The reasons for his outburst of crime were to gain power among the country for his army.

Boskic is accused as being the man who ordered himself and seven other men to gun down 1,200 at a farm in Pilica. Boskic’s lawyer quoted, “He had to flee the country so he did not have to join the army and fight in the war. Later, Boskic quoted, “I didn’t want to fight in an ethnic war against my own people, and I was forced to flee.” Boskic is being held without bail at a disclosed location.

There are other culprits that the United States are now looking for, Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic and former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic. Both are wanted for questioning about the massacred. They have yet to be tried for any part of the massacre and have refused all reporters that want to question them.

When we look at these crimes, we see that the massacre was taken place among the country and they killed their own people. That reminds me about the story Macbeth. In Shakespeare Macbeth it shows him killing off people to gain more and more power, and so his power cannot be threatened. Macbeth kills many people that are in his country, just like Boskic and the Serbs army did. Even though the killings in Macbeth are much less, we can still strongly relate the two massacres together, because both were carried out to gain power among the country.


































The English language is a very unique and interesting language that challenges us, the regular human being every day of our lives. From that start old English we have been challenged to figure out how to speak and write in the very tough language. Today, there are more then 800,000 words in the English language. For a mare mortal, we are lucky to know twenty thousand of them. Considering the variety of education that we are taught in this country and others, we have a very diverse knowledge of the language. For the constant readers and writers, they are able to widen there understanding of the language. But for the everyday Joe, the language can be very complex and the variety of word usages may decrease because of the lack of understanding they have for the English language. The word “upset”, first used in 1676, is a simple word that has been used for the betterment of our lives for the ability to express our feelings and emotions.

When I surveyed ten people at random and asked them about the word upset, I got mostly the same definition from each person. When I asked my brother Mike what came to his mid when I stated the word “upset”, Johnny Damon came to his mind, saying, “I am upset that Johnny Damon left the Red Sox to play for the Yankees.” When I heard this sentence, I found disturbance and anger that resembled the word “upset” in his voice. Pat Durant used the word “upset” used the word to describe school, saying, “I am upset that we have school today.” For the average person, they only know one way of how to use the word “upset”.

After realizing how many people found the word “upset” to be the same thing, I went on the search for foreign language speakers. To do this I went to my mother’s school, where I asked Juanita Gonzalez, the head of the language program, what the word “upset” meant to her. She told me it was an easier word to learn, because it did not have many meanings. It was not one of the first words that she had ever learned, but it was still quite easy to learn. She said she hears the word a lot throughout the week when listening to people express their feelings.

The word “upset” is typically known as something that is used emotionally or physically. The Merriam-Webster’s Medical Dictionary uses the term as to trouble emotionally or mentally. It also states to make somewhat ill, like as an “upset” stomach. However, there is also a definition that is seldom used in English today. That definition is to overturn, or to capsize. That definition has never been used around me, and when I asked five people about that definition, they also had never heard of the word “upset” being used in that way. This shows that lack of knowledge that we have for the word “upset”. The first sentence that the word was ever used in was in 1676. “Upsetting time when the child bed woman gets up.” From that first sentence, the word has filled the books ok literature and magazines to show the very emotion in the lives of the people.

The Oxford English Dictionary is the most prestigious dictionary in the world. They have every word ever used in literature from old English to modern day English. In this dictionary they say it is the act of being upset, angry or emotionally sad. However, the Oxford English Dictionary has also found many other ways the way has been used. “Upsetting” can also be used as the act of overthrowing, or disturbing. The dictionary also gives a definition to set up, erected, or raised up. The Oxford English Dictionary has given us many ways to use the word upset that have been put aside in the English language today.

Today, in the newspapers we read about out city and our country, and we wonder what people are feeling about certain things. In almost every newspaper sent out everyday, the word “upset” finds its way into an article. Usually the word “upset” means what all my surveyors saw it as, the act of being disappointed and sad. However, on May 1, 2006, Jarrett Bell of the USA today gave us another way to view the word upset. His sentence said, “North Carolina State defensive end Mario Williams represented the first draft upset when Houston announced Friday night that he signed a six-year, $54million contract.” This usage of the word describes to us something that wasn’t supposed to happen, a shock. Malcolm Moran used the word in his title in the USA today. “Favorites Review history of upsetting early exits.” It shows the same definition that Jarrett Bell used in his article, but in the headline.

The word “upset” is used primarily to show sadness and disappointment. However, with the research on the other definitions that many men have put time into finding; we can always use other definitions of the word. This is the reasoning for the great language that English provides us with.