English 10: Writing Portfolio


Catholic Memorial High School



Creative Writing  

My name is Nick Ryan, and I am a student, in Boston, at Catholic Memorial high school. I am currently a sophmore, and so far this year it has been great. During this year in english class, we have been learning and reading many works of British literature, including the book we are reading now, George Orwell's, "1984." During these past weeks I have become more and more interested in the British way of writing, and the differant techniques, such as odd juxtaposition and repetition, that authors use to make there work more enjoyable and also humorous, so this is where I came across yourself.

During english class, we have been reading many British poem's and shortstory's, but my favorite that we have covered is comedy writing. Such comedy as Monty Python, and other books that alway's keep me thinking and smiling. I have researched many of your famous works of literature, and I have come across a piece of literature that has caught my eye, "The Debt to Pleasure," Which I understand is a black comedy. This book sounds great to me, because of a man on an adventure, and his love for food."Every pleasure, however, has it's dark side, just as every peach contains a cyanide laced pit," quote from the main character Tarquin. I can already tell this book is going to be very enjoyable and funny.

During our classes, we do read and learn about British literature, which is very interesting, but myself and my fellow classmates, are begining to become bored with reading out of the text book, and various handouts that we recieve, but we want to hear from a real live British author. Mr Lanchester, I understand you live a very busy life, and you do not live anywhere near my school, but my classmates and I would greatly appreciate if you would like to join one of our classes someday. I am not trying to force you, but we would be gratefull of your visit or even a letter back, telling us about your life and how you got started. Consider this not just a letter but also an invitation.

On behalf of my Sophmore english class, I would like to say thankyou for listening.


Nick Ryan




























The Old Welsh song "The Missing Boat" written around 1828-1884. The song was written in Welsh, but there was no recorded author. The author who translated the song into english, was a man named Waltar Maynard. This song affected Welsh philosophy and culture. This song teaches us to never forget our dead ancestors, and in the song's case, the people missing out at sea.

The song is about a woman's husband went out to sea but never returned. She went everyday to the dock waiting and hoping for his return, but soon realized he will never return, She was very sad; years have gone by, and her husband never met his son. "Tchild she lulls to rest." This song is still remembered today in small parts of whales. The moral behind this song is even though your loved one might not return. "and sighing still hopes on, although all hope is in vain."

The people og Whales view their music, or folk music, as art, this music brought joy to the Welsh way of living. The "Missing Boat" was definately a big affect on the people's lives. This song helped people get threw there losses, to never give up hope. This song played a huge role in the Welsh philosophy because the people love, and want something to cheer them up, which what philosophy is, love and persuit of wisdom to seek happiness.

In conclusion the Welsh song "The Missing Boat" was written by Welsh, translated by Waltar Mynard, and expressed gor all to listen and understand what it has helped people threw to understand losing someone. Even though the missing boat will not return, never stop believing.



























On august 22, 2005 Rio de Janeiro experienced yet another shootout by the police. During a shootout in one of the city slums, the police killed five suspected drug traffickers, and a fifteen year old boy. The people are now complaing about the police and there forcefull efforts to stop drug related situations. Just last year the police killed one thousand people of Rio, ands atleast thirty innocent civilians. These gang related shootouts happen almost everyday and the people are outraged of how the police handle it. These crimes show how the police are motivated by power over the people of Rio.

The police of Rio play the role as if nothing happened, but the real criminals in this situation are the police. The police say that the gangsters were " were armed with grenades, drugs, and fire arms," quoted by police chief Alvaro Garcia. Even though they were armed, the people feel that the police shouldnt just kill the suspects,becuse they end up killing innocent people who have nothing to do with drugs or gangs.

The police also killed the leader of the drug trafficking gang who controlled the biggest slum in the shoout. Erismar Rodrigues Moreira, known as Bem-te-vi, was the most wanted man in the city. The police yet again took action, instead of arresting him for questioning they decided to kill him on the spottriggering a deadly shootout. " He resisted arrest, the gangsters tried to protect him, the police opened fire killing him before he got away" qouted by chief Alvaro. The police shot him in the head and in the chest.

These related gang wars are found all over the world, but you can also find these situation in literature, such as books, poems, and magazines. I found i poem that has to do with the rio shootouts and how the gangsters must feel during them. The poem is called sparrow, by Richard MacWilliam. The poem is about how the life of drugs and war is so difficult. It also includes that drug wars are private wars that involve drugs and the police, and know innocent person should be killed during these wars. "Who could deliver the bullet who saw that private war? Deat is no victory but a bloody mess." I feel that this poem is related to the slum wars, and how it talks about not only the drugs but the people around the war.

 In conclusion, the wars in Rio are getting out of controll and are still going on as we speak. thousands of people are being killed by police in these drug related wars, and it is still being trialed today. Will the police ever stop the forcefull tactics? or will they handle these situations the rite way.
























For many years, language in general has evolved very drastically to help the understanding of literature and daily life. People from the past have discovered words that still exist today, which people of modern day have found new techniques to use these words. English, for example is a language that has been a work in progress for years, and now has discovered over 800,000 words that have bettered our understanding of this language. Many words in the English language have helped our lives influentially and spiritually, such as the word "moral" has been very influential on many languages and has helped the word's understanding in life. This word is a great example of a word that has grown over the building blocks of the English language.

The word "moral" has existed from the times of the 1300's to the late 1900's. This word teaches us how it has helped in literature and in everyday life. The word can be understood in many different ways such as moral support, or a moral understanding. "Moral" can also be found many times written in literature, for example, Shakespears works in literature. The word "moral" has also changed in spelling from old English to modern English. The old English spelling for moral is moralle, which is dated in 1380. In middle English the spelling of the word has changed to morall, which is dated in 1606. All this has lead to the modern English spelling of the word, which is "moral," and this is how we see it today. As you can see the roots of this word has changed in ways of meaning and in spelling.

During the evolution of the word, it has grown to be known for its diffent meanings. Mny dictionaries have found new ways to use and understand the word "moral." For example the American Heritage Dictionary's definition for "moral" is, of or concerned with the judgment of the goodness or badness of human action and character. The Webster's Dictionary says that a "moral" is, teaching or exhibiting goodness or correctness of character and behavior: a moral lesson. The English dictionary defines "moral" as, arising from conscience or the sense of right and wrong: moral obligation. All of these dictionary's consist of many words, but nothing compares to the OED, the Oxford English Dictionary, which consists of every word in the English language and there are still new words being discovered by the world and the editors of the OED.

The Oxford English Dictionary consists of word definitions, works in literature, dates, first times seen in print, which makes it the leading dictionary. The word "moral" takes up numeruos pages in the OED, and gives many defintions and uses of the word. The first time "moral" has been seen in print in the history of the Englush language was in 1380, which was a bible prol. The words definition was , of rights, obligations, responsibility, etc. "In early use chiefly applied to that part of the Mosaic Law which enunciates moral principles," which is the translation of the old English sentence. In 1386 the word was found in literature, known as chaucer prol. "Sownynge in moral vertu was his speche." This is an example of Old English. The OED has affected the English language in our understanding of words that has helped our lives.

During the years people have been trying to use words in unusual ways to discover new meanings, which can better our language. Many writers such as journalist have been using new ways to use "moral" in there article headlines. For example Daniel Bas of the scientific american, used in his article headline, "The Moraal Animal," which is an unusual way to use the word because it is usually known as a moral decision, but in this article it is referred to an animal. Another use of the word is from the christian science monitor, "Dukes moral hazard." This refers to a moral decision. Another use is "Morally Bankrupt." S you can see people use there own ways to better the words meaning and use.

Everyday use of the word "moral" can be heard on the streets by ordinary people. After surveying ten people on the first thing that came to mind when they heard the word "moral," I found that people have the same, and also very different perspectives in this word. When surveyed Christina Ryan, a 50 year old woman from Florida, she said that the word to her meant that there are life morals. "Everyone has a moral in life," quoted by Chris. When i surveyed Chris Kerrigan, a 15 year old catholic memorial student, his thought on the word was self value. "I know people who have no morals," quoted by Chris. I also surveyed Bob Ryan, a 52 year old male from Boston. Histhoughts on the word was, meanigns to everything. "There is a moral behind everything you do," quoted by Bob. After surveying these people i found that everyone of them had different looks on the word "moral."

Finally, I surveyed three foreign language soeakers, to see how there perspectives are different from English speacking people. Vinny Galiani, a 33 year old man, born in Italy, said that he knows moral as being an achievement in a story or daily life; achievement of a conflict. The word for "moral" in Italian is morale oe etico. I also surveyed George Alexopolous, a 64 year old man from Greece. He said that to him "moral" means achievments or moral authority. An unusual use he knows, is that his mother used for the word, was a moral to her cooking. The word for moral in Greek is ithikos. I found the foreign to English views on the word , is not to diffent.

In conclusion, Language has evolved over the years, and many new words are being introduced to this world. The word "moral" has been very helpful in ways of literature and daily views and challenges. English uses many different dictionaries to help out understanding's on the language. "Moral" is a word that i feel has helped the word, which has many meanings. Dictionaries, ordinary people, and foreign speackers all have there own perspectives on the word, and "moral" will keep growing in meaning to better our language.