English 10: Writing Portfolio


Catholic Memorial High School



Creative Writing  
  .Dear John Fuller

My name is John Clinton. I am a sophmore at Catholic Memorial Highschool. Catholic Memorial is located in WestRoxbury Massachussetts. Although it is not England, our english course has a stong emphasis on British Literature. Right now we are studying contomporary British Authors. We have read froms such authors as Seamus Heaney. I really enjoy this class and wanted to further my knowledge of contempary British authors. It was not untill then that I came upon your name.

I found your name and I looked at some of your works. I think it is a great accomplishment to have works under so many genres. You have written under children's literature, criticism, fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. In our British literature class we studied "The Movement" and I have seen that you have been labeled as "post movement", even though your works meet the ordinary standards. I am more a fan of your poetry, although I do respect your works as a novelist. I am amazed that after all these years you continue to write. I am not a writer myself, but I am a musicain and I can understand how you could never give up your art.

I am a big fan of you poetic works, especially Round and Round, "In city streets the dusty elms

Are pollarded like amputees;

The dying sunset overwhelms

The window-panes with prodigies

Of heavenly telegraphese;

Perched on a saddle like a skull,

A small boy bucks his bicycle."

This poem is very vivid and should be seen in our Literature books. I also enjoy these line from your "Ghosts" collections; "What has always been said is also

True: you can't take it with you.[…]

Thank God for Nature when supplies

Fail us. I can write by sunlight

Though it will not bring me Handel."

There is a phrase in this poem that stands out, " you can't take it with you". I love this line because it is so true. I love how you express your love for your work and how nature can provide for you.

Unfortunatley my classmates and I will not get to your work. I believe that you are a model to all aspiring writers and artists. We at Catholic Memorial would love to have you do a reading or just talk with our class. If we do not get that privelage many of us would be let down. My classmates, my teacher, and myself could all benefit from your exprience and your creativness. Your not only an inspiration to all writers but to everyone who is willing to learn and express themselves. Our adress is 235 Baker st. West Roxbury MA. 02472. Our schedule is always open and we would apprciate it if you would respond.

Best of luck,

John Clinton

























The Rebels was written in 1778 during the American Revelouton. It was written by Capt. Smyth of the Simcoe's Queen's Rangers. He wrote many other songs during this time, but none were as bold as "The Rebels". This song paves the way for hatred between the U.S. and England. This song spited the Americans after it was published in the Pensilvania Ledger in 1778. This teaches us alot about The English culture and history. This song effected people hundreds of years ago as well as today.

The Simcoe's Queen Rangers started in the early 1700's. The British army was known for their well eqipped army and the well-trained troops. At the beggining of the American Revolution ther were already 8,000 troops stationed in America. By the end of the war there had been over 56,000 troops who served. The song "The Rebels" was a large force in driving the British troops. They could not let the men who defy them also beat them.

The song is sung to the tune of "Black Joak". The song has a very catchy melody and is easy to remeber. Almost every chorus ends with "With their hunting-shirts, and rifle-guns." The song is describing the British point of view twoards the Americans. The Lines are so bitter, the tension is palpable. "Forgetting the mercies of Great Britain's king, Who saved their forefathers' necks from the string;With their hunting-shirts, and rifle-guns.They renounce allegiance and take up their arms,Assemble together like hornets in swarms,So dirty their backs, and so wretched their show,That carrion-crow follows wherever they go,With their hunting-shirts, and rifle-guns."

The song "The Rebels" could have been the cause of modern day music from England. The U.K. is widely known for its punky rebelious music. This song was one of the first to be bitter, angry, and sarcastic. "The arch-rebels, barefooted tatterdemalions,In baseness exceed all other rebellions,With their hunting-shirts, and rifle-guns." This is full of passion and hatred. "See cobblers and quacks, rebel priests and the like, Pettifoggers and barbers, with sword and with pike,All strutting, the standard of Satan beside." These lines become a driving force in hatred.

"The Rebels" is not a popular song today. Im sure that most of the rebelious musicans owe their success to Simcoe's Queen Rangers and Capt. Smyth. This was a very bitter, angry and sarcastic song, that was sung to a catchy, widely known melody. The song still has it's effects today, even if most people have never heard of it.






















Emmett L. Snow is a convicted killer. He was jailed in 1988 for the murder of George Brewigton. The story, however, does not begin here. Snow was part of a Rhode Island/Massachusetts crime ring. He was looking to move up the crime ladder, fueled by seeing his name in print after being released. He was paroled in 2004 and became vigilant on going back into a life of crime. To Snow, becoming the biggest man in this ring was second to none. He was driven by his own vanity and viewing his name synonymous with crime.

The crime ring is rather small but has pulled some major heists. Snow is currently on trial for credit card fraud over $250, larceny over $250, and Identity fraud. His power over people has been reoccurring. He had killed 2 people prior to his incarceration. He had exerted his power on these two young men and the prisoners didn’t take him as a joke, although he was only 17. His Lawyer didn’t have too much to comment about at the hearing in Randolph. All that managed to come out of his mouth was “My client is innocent; it’s appalling that the real criminals are walking free.” I don’t know if I could trust a double murderer but it seems there is no contest.

Snow had only served 16 years of his life sentence before being paroled. It wasn’t until then where he saw his name in print from papers that had been saved. He made the news, he considered himself a real criminal. The thrills of being a known crook, the thrill of having people know who you were set in. He immediately fell back into a life of crime within a small crime ring. The center of their operations was in the City of Warwick Rhode Island. They defrauded more than 50 people within that area. They had done it successfully until Warwick police had found surveillance of them at a Rockland Home Depot.

There are small themes apparent in both this story and in British literature. Of course, the main theme here is about a small group of thieves trying to remain somewhat of a secret. The novel “A Royal Heist” is a some what similar situation. After losing all his possessions and dignity a man decides to steal The Crown Jewels. He needs accomplices. It was because of his publicity that he was getting that he decided to steal these Jewels. You can obviously see how apparent the major themes are. In real life Emmett L. Snow gets arrested and loses what he had. He is paroled and realizes his publicity and decides to steal to compensate for his bad publicity.

Power is a dangerous thing in the hands of a disturbed individual. Snow found his power in showing it and seeing his name. He was a vein man. He showed his power early in life by killing two men before age 17. He received the thrills of seeing his name and realizing people know him. This prior life of crime gave him the advantage in his crime ring. Some of his accomplices have been caught and are awaiting trial. His thrill is over because of his greed.



























The English language is one of the most complex languages. It has more irregular verbs than any other language. Most immigrants in America today can only speak broken English. However, the language is slowly enveloping countries everywhere. Today, many international airports have attendants who speak English. This is true for almost every occupation across the world. Words such as “teach” have proven that English is being spread in a positive manner. Teach is a relatively old word. When you think about it teach has always been in our vocabulary. When mothers groom their children into an actual person with an identity, they are being taught. Everything we do teaches someone something new. Teach is a very important word in our language. The only way people spread the language is by teaching.

When asked in a survey I came up with multiple answers. Some people saw the word “teach” as only applying to academics. Of course, this applies to History teachers, Language teachers, Theology and so on. Some also came up with music teachers and art teachers, ones that are not in class rooms in a school. But, the word teach is a verb and I was looking for someone to give me that form. Only four out of ten people gave me a verb. The word teach, according to my grandfather is “to give knowledge to someone by example” That is a perfect definition in my book.

There are certain words that different languages use. In most of Europe they would say professor or mentor. The Chinese words for teacher are shifu or laoshi. I interviewed three foreign language speakers. Max Goodwin is an 8 year old. He grew up in America speaking French as a first language. He said it is to show someone how to do something. He said “I could teach you to sing.” Cecil Goodwin grew up in France and spoke French as a first language she defined the word teach as to give someone the knowledge to use a certain skill. The French word for teach is enseigner. Jesus Rivas grew up speaking Spanish he defined teach as “to show skill to someone that needs to use it.” The Spanish word for teach is enseñe.

The actual word “teach” was first used in the English language in 1300. As you can tell it’s been written in just about every type of literature. It has been written in poems, novels, short stories, magazines, and plays ever since it’s first use in 1300. Of course it was used prior to that year. The teaching profession was around from the ancient civilizations of Rome and Greece. It is an extremely important word in any language. The teaching profession has grown from the classroom to other ends of the spectrum.

According to Three dictionary Sources: American Heritage Dictionary, Websters, and Dictionary.com “teach” means to impart knowledge or skill to, to provide knowledge of; instruct in, to condition to a certain action or frame of mind, to cause to learn by example or experience, to advocate or preach, and to carry on instruction on a regular basis in.

The Oxford English Dictionary is a highly esteemed reference to every word used in the English language. There are three major definitions of teach in the OED. Teach means “To show the way.” The second definition is “To illustrate in form.” The third major definition of the word teach is “Used as a way of threat.”

Teach according to Mary Shelly, famous novelist, is “We are educated by others... and this cultivation, mingling with our innate disposition, is the soil in which our desires, passions, and motives grow”. Other Famous Writers who have used this word include writers from the past. In the year 1300 Cursor used the word “teach”. Of course it wasn’t long before a man named Gower used it in 1390. Of course the word never died out. In 1697 Dryden used the word. It has stood the test of time itself.

The word Teach is often used in modern day literature. It is a well known word that many people, even, who don’t speak English, understand. In fact, there are many sources in which teach makes the headline. When typed into ebsco there were two articles that caught my attention. “Wood Carving Seminars can Teach You A lot.” This is a perfect example of how the word is used to mean “To impart knowledge to.” Another source is “Teaching the Millennial Generations.” There are many other credible sources such as “The Fresno Bee” and on “All Things Considered.”

No matter what languages you speak teach is such an important word. It is deemed so important in some countries they celebrate a national teacher’s day. Teaching is the most important profession or action some one can give. You teach the youth of the world all that they know. You can teach the people to create a better world. Slowly English is becoming more and more dominant and soon the whole world will be speaking it. However you can’t have people speak it unless you teach it to them. The word “teach” is an extremely useful word in the English Language. It will one day help in spreading English to be the most dominant language in the world.