English 10: Writing Portfolio


Catholic Memorial High School



Creative Writing  

Dear Mr. Ishiguro ,

My name is Yaw Tannor a student in my sophomore year in Catholic Memorial high school located in a city in the united states of America. I am a student taking British literature and since you are a British writer I have read a lot of your work that has fascinated me enough to write you a letter. There are some aspects of your life that interest me, your name as well is another reason for me writing as mine is also as interesting.

I am not such a reader myself but I can tell a good story when I see one. The fact that you write short stories is another important reason that brought me into liking your stories. I have done a lot of on research you myself and noticed that you have a daughter and a wife. As I read in one of your books you write about people of the Hindu culture such as yourself. I appreciate the fact that you appreciate the state of your culture and try to introduce it to others. “A Pale View Of The Hills” was an interesting piece of yours that fascinated me and I would enjoy it just as well as my class will if you could come have a reading of it. “Etusko was bundled up in her own mental prison” was my favorite line in this book.

As you know there are many British writers that we haven’t yet got to and without you coming in and introducing us to your work we may never get to such talented writers like yourself. “Of Mice and Men” is another interesting novel that I have read even if I didn’t completely finish it. I would be happy to hear that you may one day find the time to come have a short reading to myself and my classmates. Having this invitation honored would be very excellent.

One of my classmates is on the verge of dieing so if you do not make it he may never have the chance to hear of your work. Hatred will forever remain in our hearts for you if you do not make it but we shall forever adore you if you do make it. Yours sincerely Yaw Tannor



























“Dreadful dread” is an incredible song written in the middle 1880’s and sung nearing the ending of the era Jonathan Shea a brilliant song writer from Dublin in Ireland, he was influenced by many factors that pushed him into writing such a piece. It was a shame that he wasn’t alive to sing the song he soulfully wrote, my thoughts of his affection for this song are almost unending. The time of the writing of this song influences the further popularity of this song.

Jonathan Shea was a native of Ireland who migrated later on into the fairly developing town of England. “Dreadful dread, dreadful dread ,oh we should dread the dread of dread” was the most influential line of this song because it revealed the actual reason for Jonathan writing the song, the dread he was talking about in this song was the dread of mistreatment in some parts of England. The importance of this song is that it formed the awareness in the people of England into realizing the fault of their government the basic reason why this song is fairly popular today because it marked a time where there were no formal boarders between the government and their people. This song basically had a political effect on the country at that time which I think is ongoing .

This song at that age was very popular and still is today because it has been recreated by a few groups including misty in roots. I think of this song as a I think this song had an extraordinary ongoing effect on that country as well as it did in many other countries. This song is so important because it speaks out to the racist people among others. “The song was written with such passion” says the audio midi magazine in Britain. I personally think that if the writer had lived long enough to sing that song it would have been a greater hit then it was because he might have expressed himself more thoroughly then the current singer. This song is not only remembered like the author, It is also respected like the author.





























It was a sunny yet gloomy afternoon in the country of Rwanda a small partly isolated country on the outskirts of Africa. April 6th was the date and a culprit was highly being searched after. A plane had been shot down right over Korgli airport. This was a massacre so many people had died.A recent French official report blamed current Rwandan President, Paul Kagame. Mr Kagame gave direct orders for the rocket attack.

Ethnic tension in Rwanda is nothing new. There have been always been disagreements between the majority Hutus and minority Tutsis, but the animosity between them has grown substantially since the colonial period. The two ethnic groups are actually very similar - they speak the same language, inhabit the same areas and follow the same traditions. The major difference is that they observe the same ethnic traditions in different ways. resentment among the Hutus gradually built up, culminating in a series of riots in 1959. More than 20,000 Tutsis were killed, and many more fled to the neighboring countries of Burundi, Tanzania and some even ran to the united states possibly Boston. The people of Rwanda stated this as “ fantasy”. The reasons for this crime was obviously for power. The family representative of the family of Mr. Kagame said “My brother had no reason to enforce this rocket attack, he has no destructive genes of no sort”.

In the aftermath of this Genocide there was a governmental power brought into power, it was made up of people from different ethnic regions or backgrounds. Organizers were picked out to enforce this whole political change/revolution. The early organizers included military officials, politicians and businessmen, but soon many others joined in the mayhem. Encouraged by the presidential guard and radio propaganda, an unofficial militia group called the Interahamwe (meaning those who attack together) was mobilized. At its peak, this group was made up of 300,000 people. Soldiers and police officers encouraged ordinary citizens to take part. In some cases, Hutu civilians were forced to murder their Tutsi neighbors by military personnel. People who took part were given money and food for their help. In the world range, the Rwandans were left alone after 10 UN soldiers were killed in the process of making peace.

This murder has a specific relevance in British literature since the incident there have been several poems and books written about it based on the views of British writers “When. When one child knows what he can mean. When the sun rises in his brain and he sees That a well placed rock can upset the ocean; Then. That is the beginning of the quest; The dawn of things known: The conception of a thought That can never be destroyed By the hottest fire” Is an example of a poem written by Paul Cole a British writer.Most crimes like these have a single reason power or greed.




























Language from my perspective is very important in the development of the world, since the beginning of time there has always been a common language that is viewed as neutral in between two or more countries. This language in our time is known as “EGLISH THE MONSTER”. English being the most commonly used language anywhere has a huge effect on the world we live In. The English language as we know It has been the building block of many other languages, yet this language itself has been built on through other languages. From my point of view English is very beneficial to the worlds development.

An online source that is basically a group of definitions from shmuck dictionaries gave me several definitions for the word “hatred”, the Webster’s dictionary, which was the first dictionary that came up described the word “hatred” as The dislike one person has for someone or something“. Another dictionary known as word net described the word as “the emotion of hate; a feeling of dislike so strong that it demands action”. The last source known as the American Heritage Dictionary said the word “hatred” means “among the works of the flesh (Gal. 5:20). Altogether different is the meaning of the word in Deut. 21:15; Matt. 6:24; Luke 14:26; Rom. 9:13, where it denotes only a less degree of love.”

The Oxford English Dictionary (O.E.D) describes hatred as dislike for another person, place or thing, Other definitions include bearing hate for someone or something and also unfamiliarity. The word hatred was an original Middle English word of European roots, It was first used in the mid 1300s, by first used I mean first recognized or recorded into literature. The person to first used this word went by the name of W. Milford, he used the word in a sense of bearing hatred for a place in a sentence that read “eternal hatred remained of the memories of old London”

A group of random people of different ages, genders, and origin were asked to define the word “hatred”. When Jeanie McDougal, a 17 year old girl who’s parents were originally from Ireland was asked to define it she said “uhhh…is that really important now? Then later she recognized how important it is and said "hatred" means to not like somebody, that’s wasn’t really bad compared to the definition that of Chris Mayne, when asked to define this word his first reaction was ummm… you know what "hatred" means like to have "hatred"”. Frankly, I was disturbed by this answer since somebody’s understanding of speech is an important and crucial statement about their character and values to me. Once I got over the answers I had previously heard I decided to go on the high road and ask somebody that I thought would be a little more intelligent, with that thought in mind I headed over to the smartest place I could think of, the library! A kid I had just met who claimed his name was demitri’s first reaction to my question was “Yo do I know you?” but later he switched up and said "hatred" was “kind of like to dislike somebody” I had a bad impression.

The meanings of words in this modern day, change gradually due to mostly slang terms or just corruption if the word. Yesterday as I was working on this exact paper I heard someone say “I hatred you” I was like wow how do you just say that, I asked the kid who said it what he was doing and playfully smacked him. In other languages, “hatred” is a strong emotion that is rarely ever referred to, a couple of people were asked what “hatred” meant in their respective language, Maria Gomez told me that in Spanish hatred was “odio” even though it was just a mere translation it has a huge route in the English language, the word looks a lot like “idiot” the English word. This view says something about how people of Spanish or Hispanic origin think of hatred. Arnold was the next foreign language speaker I interviewed, he explained to me that in German hatred was a commonly used word and it was just used by a massive number of people in a single day.

Many famous writers have used the word hatred since its such an old word the greatest known writer used it numerously in his time, an appearance of the word hatred could be noticed in many of Shakespeare’s most world renounced pieces of work like Macbeth. Shamus Heaney was also another great writer who used this word, he used this word in such poems as “An Irish Man Foresees His Death”. In this poem he uses the word “hatred” in a form of not liking the British.

In the past years there have not really been any visible uses of “hatred” in new ways, Through my years of research I haven’t heard anywhere or seen in a newspaper or magazine a new form of hatred but I will strive to look for one. In conclusion I think the English language is beneficial to the world in the aforementioned ways.