English 10: Writing Portfolio

 

Catholic Memorial High School

 

2005-2006

   
   
   
   
   
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Dear Mrs.Clarke, Let me introduce myself, my name is Tim Buckley, I attend Catholic Memorial an all boys high school located in the United States in West Roxbury, Massachusetts. In English class, our main focus this year is British Literature. We are learning about different poets and short story writers. I notice that you write about family, landscape, Welsh myth and legend. I am interested in reading one of your many poems that contains the welsh vocabulary. I am fascinated by your devotion to writing. I really like your fascination with nature because, I believe nature is a beautiful and wonderful creation by God. I like the fact how you write short poems and long poems as well. I noticed that you were apart of the British Broadcasting Channel or BBC. You also became a broadcaster and teacher until you found your real special talent which is writing poetry.

I don’t understand why some of you poems have not been omitted in my book. You have written many fantastic poems. For example The King’s Daughter of Britain and The Field Mouse. I am fascinated by the style of your writing and definitions of a poem. In the field mouse you tell about two different worlds. They are the city with cars, and the countryside with tractors and cows. A child stomps on the mouse and I am able to imagine the picture. “Before day’s done the field lies bleeding.” The field is bleeding from the mouse. “The field’s hurt.” You are explaining how different inhabitants that were affected. The field is hurt and bleeding and as well as the mouse. I like how you talk about man verse nature. The man is the children at play and the nature is the mouse and field. I like how you talk about how the field under the mouse is hurt by the child also.

I am interested in researching more about you and your poems, Mrs.Clarke. I am interested in your poetry and am looking forward to reading all of them. My classmates, faculty and myself would love to have you visit our school. We are all interested in how you started writing poetry, why you enjoy it, and a little story about yourself which would enchant us all here at Catholic Memorial with your words and kindness. I look forward to hearing from you and hope you travel to Boston from time to time. I thank you for writing such imaginative and beautiful poetry. I would appreciate a short note if you have time. Sincerely Yours, Tim Buckley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
   
   
   
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In 1826 Sir Henry rowley Bishop composed and wrote a song called "The Dashing White Sergeant". Sir Henry Rowley Bishop had written it in the comforts of his own home ine england. today, the song is very popular internationally. In the present day there is a dance specifically for the song.'The Dashing White Sergeant" has influenced the British culture and history as well as many others in the United Kingdom and farther away.

The main reason "The Dashing White Sergeant" was written in honor of General John Burgoyne. This song represents the impact after the defeat at Saratoga. General John Burgoyne was commander at the time. The Battle at saratoga was in the 1700's, but this is dedicated to the General after the war. Sir Henry Rowley Bishop was so inspired by the courage of General John Burgoyne that he composed and wrote the song. General John Burgoyne was very active after the was, creating plays and was apart of the London Society. According to contemplator.com. this song has influenced the historical perspective of Britain.

"The Dashing White Sergeant" had influenced the british culture as well as the Scottish and Swedish. According to sctoland'smusic.com there is a dance to the song. There is a man between two aldies facing a lady between two men. The man between the two ladies moves clockwise and the other two counter clockwise. This song according to rscdsleeds.orh has inspired Scottish dancers and swedish reels. it hit the British culture harder. For one thing, General John Burgoyne lead the army into one of the toughest defeats, but showed bravery and courage. He also had his head up after shame. "When my soldier was gone, do you think i'd take on, or sit moping forlorn? No, not I" This ong influenced the British culture.

The song had many other influences and factors towards the history of Britain. After the was General John Burgoyne had joined the London Society. He influenced the culture and plays in London."do you think I'd take on, Or sit moping forlorn?" This lyric sentence shows how General John Burgoyne didn't give up and be depressed after the war. He joined the society and created wonderful plays such as the "Heiress".He influenced ireland as well because he was a commander in chief in Ireland from 1732-1783 according to comtemplator.com

The performance hasn't really changed over the years. The song and dance still has been in tact sine the song was written and composed. It hasn't been covered in huge detail. In fact they do have a fiddler book series giving information on the dance. According to scotlandsmusic.com. It will be remembered, but not as a top chart song.It will be remembered as a classic Sir Henry Rowley Bishop had written and composed.Also, it is in memory of General John Burgoyne. "The dashign White Sergeant has influenced the cultures of Sweden, Scotland, Ireland, but england the most.This song symbolizes freedom, power and courage in one man and one country.

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1826 Sir Henry rowley Bishop composed and wrote a song called "The Dashing White Sergeant". Sir Henry Rowley Bishop had written it in the comforts of his own home ine england. today, the song is very popular internationally. In the present day there is a dance specifically for the song.'The Dashing White Sergeant" has influenced the British culture and history as well as many others in the United Kingdom and farther away.

The main reason "The Dashing White Sergeant" was written in honor of General John Burgoyne. This song represents the impact after the defeat at Saratoga. General John Burgoyne was commander at the time. The Battle at saratoga was in the 1700's, but this is dedicated to the General after the war. Sir Henry Rowley Bishop was so inspired by the courage of General John Burgoyne that he composed and wrote the song. General John Burgoyne was very active after the was, creating plays and was apart of the London Society. According to contemplator.com. this song has influenced the historical perspective of Britain.

"The Dashing White Sergeant" had influenced the british culture as well as the Scottish and Swedish. According to sctoland'smusic.com there is a dance to the song. There is a man between two aldies facing a lady between two men. The man between the two ladies moves clockwise and the other two counter clockwise. This song according to rscdsleeds.orh has inspired Scottish dancers and swedish reels. it hit the British culture harder. For one thing, General John Burgoyne lead the army into one of the toughest defeats, but showed bravery and courage. He also had his head up after shame. "When my soldier was gone, do you think i'd take on, or sit moping forlorn? No, not I" This ong influenced the British culture.

 The song had many other influences and factors towards the history of Britain. After the was General John Burgoyne had joined the London Society. He influenced the culture and plays in London."do you think I'd take on, Or sit moping forlorn?" This lyric sentence shows how General John Burgoyne didn't give up and be depressed after the war. He joined the society and created wonderful plays such as the "Heiress".He influenced ireland as well because he was a commander in chief in Ireland from 1732-1783 according to comtemplator.com

The performance hasn't really changed over the years. The song and dance still has been in tact sine the song was written and composed. It hasn't been covered in huge detail. In fact they do have a fiddler book series giving information on the dance. According to scotlandsmusic.com. It will be remembered, but not as a top chart song.It will be remembered as a classic Sir Henry Rowley Bishop had written and composed.Also, it is in memory of General John Burgoyne. "The dashign White Sergeant has influenced the cultures of Sweden, Scotland, Ireland, but england the most.This song symbolizes freedom, power and courage in one man and one country.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The word “loyal” is very influential and inspiring to our country. Loyal in the English language has helped the world look through the mirror and see a peaceful state. Yes, I know there has been war, destruction and many catastrophic events, but loyal has helped create and protect people. Loyal is sometimes abused by others for example Saddam Hussein and Adolf Hitler. Those two men used loyalty to bring destruction. Overall, loyal has helped the English language inspire and educate some of the brightest minds of the centuries in the past, present and soon to be the future.

 I researched and used many sources to understand the definition of loyal. I set up personal interviews, researched American Heritage Dictionary, and Merriam Webster’s Dictionary as well. Loyal is defined as being faithful or pledging allegiance to, etc. The American Heritage Dictionary defines loyal as being steadfast in allegiance to one’s homeland,government or sovereign, Merriam Webster’s Dictionary defines loyal as being faithful to a cause, ideal, custom, institution or product. My last resource or resources are personalinterviews. I interviewed many friends besides the assignment we had to do that involved asking people to define and use loyal in a sentence. My friend Ed Donovan defined loyal as showing respect and dignity to someone and J.P. Grant defined loyal as being qualified and hard working. So many sources and a similar definition using different sentences.

The Oxford English Dictionary was a work and idea of the Philological Society, that included Richard Chenevix Trench, Herbert Coleridge and Frederick Furnivall. After Trench, Coleridge, and Furnivall died, Murray took over the post and brought it off the ground. In 1928 the first volume was sold, but only four thousand bought it and then in 1972,1976, 1982 and 1986 all seventeen volumes were created including the first volume. The Oxford English Dictionary is one of the most comprehensive dictionaries of the English Language. The Oxford English Dictionary defines loyal as being true to obligation of duty, love, the second definition is faithful to plighted troth and my third definition I researched from the Oxford English Dictionary is to be faithful in allegiance to the sovereign or constituted government.

After interviewing my parents, family members and many friends I realized the definitions differ slightly, but overall have the same meaning. My mom, June Buckley defined loyal as true to loved ones and she quoted “I loyal to my family.” I then interviewed my dad, Keith Buckley who defined loyal as to be honorable to a certain object. He quoted “Tim is loyal to his family and friends.” My sister Katie Buckley defined loyal as dedicated to a specific cause and she quoted “Hank Aaron was loyal to baseball. I interviewed my grandfather Les Buckley next and he defined loyal as one who follows rules and regulations. He quoted “Pete Rose was not loyal to the game of baseball.” I then interviewed my aunt and uncle Peter and Betsy Croke who defined loyal as being devoted. They quoted “I am loyal to the U.S. Army and “You are loyal to our office and co-workers.” I finally interviewed my friends Pat McCusker, Mike Calderone, Brendan McCarthy, and Ned Morris. Ned defined loyal as to be obsessed, Mike defined it as being courageous, Brendan defined loyal as a vow to something and Pat defined loyal as inspired by something. Ned quoted “You are loyal to Jesus, Mike quoted “My grandfather was loyal in World War 2, Brendan quoted “I am loyal to my partner in marriage and Pat quoted “I am loyal to my God who created me.

Just after interviewing my friends and family I researched my word in the O.E.D. for sentences. The first time loyal appeared in print was in 1531 and was written by an author Elyot. He called the literature Governor. He quoted “I do nowe dedicate it who your hyghnesse verily trustygne that your must excellent wysedome wyll there in esteem my loyall harte and diligent endeavour. In 1604 loyal was used in a work of writing art called Other. The O.E.D. doesn’t have a recorded author, but the mysterious author writes “Your wife my Lord your true and loyall wife. My third and final credited resource is written in 1630 by a J. Wilkinson. The title of the literature is unknown, but he writes “All coroners should be chosen of most convenienst and most loialist people. The O.E.D. has many credited sources that use loyal in different years, books, but have very similar meanings.

After many interviews with friends and family I decided to go speak with three of my friendly neighbors. I interviewed my friend’s dad Pasquale Calderone, who was born in Italy and then moved to the states. He explains that loyal in Italian is fedele and means to be faithful. I then stopped to interview my other neighbor Daniel Murphy who is an electrician and explains loyal in irish is dilis which means fidelity to the nation. After moving from house to house I finally stopped by my grandma, her name is June Croke and she speaks French. She was very good at speaking because she grew up in a little home in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She says that loyal means to be faithful and is recognized as loialte in French. This was one of my favorite assignments because I was able to get different words that mean loyal, but I was able to get very similar definitions.

After researching at Ebsco and Infotrac, I noticed most all of the articles use loyal in the same sense. I looked at most articles and loyal was used as being faithful and pledging allegiance to politics, economy and sports. I looked at many articles such as Grass to Gas, young students being loyal to many UK brands and companies staying in Martha Stewart’s magazine. The word loyal is dead in meaning anything other than showing allegiance, being steadfast and faithful. All literature accounts, such as books and magazines use loyal as being faithful or patriotic.

 The word loyal has inspired and helped create a government and ruler. I know there has been bad leaders such a Joseph Stalin and Saddam Hussein, but loyal has helped built an economy. The word loyal is helping created more things every day. How did Benjamin Franklin invent electricity and Thomas Edison invent the light bulb. These men I know studied and failed miserably over and over again. But being faithful and focusing on there work is what helped them invent it. Today, electricity and the light bulb are very important and are used world wide. The word loyal is used in so many languages and yet is defined the same way. The word loyal has helped the English language, revolutionize, economize, and create peace among the world today.