English 10: Writing Portfolio
Catholic Memorial High School
How are you? My name is Cam Dunbar and I attend Catholic Memorial High School in Boston,
Massachusetts. I am 15 years old and I am a sophomore, This is why I am writing you. In our 10th
grade English class we are studying British literature and we are covering all types of writers from
the British areas. So our assignment was to find a famous author or poet from the either Britain or
Ireland and write a letter to them asking them to come to our class. I went on to penguin.com and
came across you. I was very interested in your books and that’s why I chose you to write to.
I see you opened your own company in London called La Fromagerie and this is a cheese shop, this is
very interesting. How did you think of making this shop and why did you? Did anyone own this shop
before you like your parents or anyone in your family or did you start it yourself? I know this shop
is located in London but what part of London is it located in? This is cool I think if I came to
London I would probably visit your shop because I like cheese and I am interested to see what
different kind of chesses you have than we have here in Massachusetts.
I see you have wrote books on cheese also. You have written books such as the cheese shop and the
cheese room. What are these books about and did you write these books thinking of your own cheese
shop? How long did it take you to write these books and what is the difference between the cheese
shop and the cheese room. My favorite is the cheese room I think it is very well thought out and
that you really worked hard on it.
The cheese room is my favorite book of yours, I love the passage “ cheese is like a human being it
comes in many kinds and shapes and sizes, some are sweet and some our sour but deep down they are
all good.” This line is so true and it is really well thought out in your part. You are really
talented and in this book you really throw your words around in good ways like a good author
Thank you Patricia for taking time to read my letter and if you don’t come I can understand why
because your probably a very busy lady. But if you do come it will make me very happy and I think
you would inspire the kids in my class to become writers like you one day. So again thank you for
reading my letter and have a good day. Im looking forward to seeing you soon!
|The writer I am doing is Jonathan
Swift. He was a successful writer and poet but he also wrote
letters. He wrote his letter on December 1, 1720. He was writing to a young poet giving him advice
on poetry and what to write a poem on. When most people think of Jonathan Swift they don’t think of
him as a teacher, but now we know when people used to ask him for advice he helped them out and gave
them advice. I bet this only one of the things that you didn’t know that Swift did when he was
alive. In the following paragraphs I will tell you other things he did and what was going on in the
world around him at that time.
In 1720 when this letter was written a lot of things were going on in literature. The English
nursery rhyme "Little Jack Horner" is published for the first time. Horner is believed to
have been one Thomas Horner, who was sent by the Abbott of Glastonbury to Henry VIII in 1543 with a
wonderful gift of a pie containing deeds to valuable manors owned by the monastery since
Horner's family soon came into the hands of a manor it is thought that Horner got one deed from
the pie for himself. Maybe Jonathan swift got ideas about his poetry from this. This is what was
going on in 1720 that maybe triggered the boy to write poetry and to ask Swift for help and to have
Swift help him.
The purpose of this letter was Swift was writing a letter of advice to a young poet at that time.
Swift says “ you have entirely bent your thoughts to English poetry.” Swift is saying here that
maybe he is doing a good job but he needs so work in this category and this is something he can work
on. Swift also says “ I am not yet convinced.” he is saying that maybe is poetry is a little blank
and that he needs to work more on what he is writing to convince people to believe what he is
writing about. So as you can see the main purpose of this letter is giving this young poet advice on
what Swift knows himself and helping him make it in poetry writing.
In this letter Jonathan Swift is like a teacher figure. Most people don’t think of him as a teacher
they think of him as a writer and a poet. But you can obviously see that he had some teaching
qualities in him, and he taught fairly well. Also you can see in it that Swift was a little openly
spoken everyone would think he a nice guy and tells everyone what they want to here, but if you have
something wrong he comes right out and tells you and tells you what you need to fix. For example he
says” you need to make a quaint motto.” This is telling him what to do and what to fix. This what
people wouldn’t really think of Jonathan Swift when they read his poetry and his writings.
So as you can see Jonathan swift had many great qualities. He was a great poet, writer and now we
can see an advice giver. He has similar writing styles in his writing and his poems that he does in
his letter. He used very good English vocabulary that most people today wouldn’t understand that
well and he is somewhat a smooth writer in his letter just like he was in his poems and stories.
This is what Jonathan Swift wrote about in his letter and why he wrote to this young poet.
A lot of people commit crimes to gain power.
This is what Michael and Carolyn Riley of Hull did to