English 10: Writing Portfolio


Catholic Memorial High School



Creative Writing  
  Dear Seamus Heaney,

My name is Nicholas Grossi and I have been reading some of your poems. I go to Catholic Memorial
High School in West Roxbury, Massachusetts. My favorite thing to do is bowling (prefer candlepin
bowling). I am not a big reader, but I like reading poems because they are short, but it has a lot
of meaning in the poem itself.

The biographies I have been reading about you have told me that you were born in
April of 1939 which is the same month for my mother’s birthday. You are the eldest of nine children.
Some of the poems you have written are The Haw Lantern and you also made your own version of

The poem I was most interested in out of all the poems I have read is The Haw
Lantern. A line that I liked out of the poem was the first line: “The wintry haw is burning out of
season”. I thought that was a spooky line. This is my favorite poem that I have read so far.

Hopefully you will come to our school and read us one of your poems or stories.
Please come because it would be an honor to have you here at our school. Hopefully I will see you

Nicholas Grossi









In this letter dated November 15, 1923 Lawrence writes to Mollie Skinner. Lawrence talks about
his novel he just finished writing called “The Boy in the Bush.” He was explaining to Mollie that
he going to try to have a copy for her by Christmas or some where around that time. His agent would
like both of their names to be the author of the book.

D. H. Lawrence was born on September 11, 1885. He was an important and controversial writer
of the 20th century. "His collected works represent an extended reflection upon the
dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialization." In all of his work as I found out,
Lawrence explains about emotional health and vitality, sexuality, spontaneity, and instinctive

In one of Lawrence's books called "The Rainbow" is an example of what type of
books he has created. This book was banned for swearing too much and talked openly about sex.
Lawrence was a teacher in his early twenties, then a year after his mother died he submitted poems
and were published in the "English Review".

I think this letter reveals that D.H. Lawrence is a very creative writer and dicusses in some
of his stories about his life.











People have committed different types of crimes to gain power. Bill Maelia was convicted in 2005
of grand larceny and conspiracy for acting as a no-show security guard at the Southwinds retirement
home in Middletown. On March 12th, 2007, Bill was sent to jail until the judge granted him a new

Another person pleaded guilty for similar charges as well. His name is Barry Pehrsson. The sister
who was called to the stand on behalf of Bill said that she was afraid of a lot of things. One of
them happened to be Pehrsson. Now the judge tells both Barry and Bill to start their sentence of
six months in jail and five years’ probation.

Why do people get power by giving misery to others? I don’t think anybody can answer that
question. A poem that I came across that has to do with larceny is A City’s Death by Fire by Derek
Walcott. This poem reminded me of the crime I am talking about so I thought it belonged in this

This person uses his power at an old retirement home in Middletown by stealing stuff from others.
They gained power by taking away from others. That is a bad way to gain power.














The English language is the hardest language to learn with over eight hundred thousand words to
learn. This language is very unique. One of the words that were created in this language is the
word “steal.” The word, steal, dates back to about 1250 C.E. “Steal” is used in 28 different
languages which helps the world to be better but yet the meaning could change how it affects the

Steal is usually meant to take without paying for. In the Random House Dictionary, it is defined
as to take without permission or (baseball) to gain a base without a walk. The American Heritage
Dictionary states it as to give or enjoy (a kiss) that is unexpected or unnoticed. The Online
Etymology Dictionary refers to it as committing a theft. This both helps and hurts the world and its

In the Oxford English Dictionary there are were several definitions but there was one definition
that made the most out of all of them. That definition was to take without knowing; to take

When I went to interview twenty people, ten of them said a definition related to the dictionary
definitions. 5 people said it was stupid/ foolish acts. Another 5 people responded to it as to
take property of somebody else’s belongings without asking. You can there is a mixed response to
what effect it has on the world.

I went and interviewed a couple of foreign language teachers. The first person that I went and
interviewed was Phillip Tracy (Mr.Tracy), he said the word was fairly hard to learn and thought that
the word meant a foolish person taking stuff without paying for it. The second person I interviewed
was Mrs. Lockwood, she thought it was fairly hard to learn as well and said that it meant people
committing a burglary. This shows that the word “steal” is moving all around the world which is a
positive influence.

This word is commonly used in the news and in books. Andrew Gumbel reviews called “Steal This
Vote: Dirty Elections and the Rotten History of Democracy in America” in Publishers Weekly. In
another article, Melanie Murray reviews the book called “Miss Bubbles Steals the Show.” These two
reviewers use the word in different ways but show negative meanings to the word.

People have different ways of explaining the word steal, but there is one question that we can
answer. This word both helps and hurts the world in different ways. It has created new definitions
of the word over time.

• Oxford English Dictionary
• American Heritage Dictionary
• Online Etymology Dictionary
• “Miss Bubbles Steals the Show,” by Melanie Murray.
• Steal This Vote: Dirty Elections and the Rotten History of Democracy in America. Publishers
Weekly, 6/20/2005, Vol. 252 Issue 25, p67-67
• Tracy, Phillip. Personal interview. May 1st, 2007
• Lockwood, Mrs. Personal interview. May 1st, 2007