English 10: Writing Portfolio


Catholic Memorial High School



Creative Writing  
  Dear Liam Gallagher,

My name is Jay Reardon and I am a sophomore at Catholic Memorial High School in Boston, MA. In my
English class, I am studying Contemporary British Literature, and since you are a songwriter and are
from Manchester, England, I thought of writing to you. I am also writing to you to invite to come to
my school and share some of your work with my class.

I am a drummer, so as a musician, I love music. Your band Oasis is one of my favorite bands. I grew
up during the time your music started to flourish. Some of the songs I like are “Take Me Away” and
“Life in Vain” which I have learned that you wrote with your brother Noel. Another piece of work I
like is the album Wibbling Rivalry and the two tracks, “Noel’s track” and Liam’s track”. This piece
of work I like because it lets me listen to you and your brother. This album is also personal and I
like how you let your fans listen to it.

Other pieces of work that I like from Oasis are the songs “Wonderwall” and “Champagne Supernova.”
One line I like from the song “Wonderwall” is, “Because maybe you’re gonna be the one who saves me?
And after all, you’re my Wonderwall.” I like this line because the song is a great piece of work and
it has a such deep meaning that I personally don’t think a lot of people realize when listening to

I would like to encourage you and your brother Noel to come and share some work to show my
classmates and I in order to be better writers, whether authors or songwriters. If you cannot come,
I would appreciate it if, you even write back if you have the time. I am looking forward to hearing
from you. Thank you.

Your Fan,
Jay Reardon










Thomas Gray was one of the great poets of the eighteenth century. He was born on December 26, 1716,
in Cornhill, London. As it is told, Gray was one of the twelve children in his family to survive
infancy. As a child, Gray became very close to his mother. Gray’s mother saved money from the shop
she had in London to send her sickly son to Eton and then Cambridge College. Gray lived with his
mother and aunts in Stoke Poges. In this letter, Thomas Gray has written to his mother. This letter
was written on December 9, 1739. Gray is writing to his mother from Bologna, Italy. This letter
tells of his travels with his friend, Horace Walpole.

In the letter, his mother and the reader now can sense his love of paintings and his knowledge of
them. One line is, “The fine gallery of pictures, that once belonged to the Dukes of Parma, is no
more here; the King of Naples has carried it all thither, and the city had not merit enough to
detain us any longer, for we proceeded through Reggio to Modena; this, though the residence of its
Duke, is an ill- built melancholy place, all of brick, as are most of the towns in this part of
Lombardy: He himself lives in a private manner, with very little appearance of a court about him; he
has one of the noblest collections of paintings in the world, which entertained us extremely well…”

This letter shows Gray’s love for travel and exploring new places. Gray was also fascinated with
paintings. Included in this letter, Gray tells his mother of traveling through Italy and different
parts of Europe. As it says in the text, Gray made the Grand Tour of Europe with his friend the
author Horace Walpole. Thomas writes about visiting the Corregio in the Dome and other churches.
Gray also talks about the Dukes of Parma, the King of Naples, and visiting picture galleries that
once belonged to Dukes of Parma. The letter’s function is to show the reader what was going on in
Gray’s personal life during that time.

This Thomas Gray letter, from a collection of his letters, teaches us that he had a good amount of
knowledge, besides being a good poet, Gray was very fond of exploring the world with his friend.
Gray wrote most of his poems after his journey of Europe. During the 1730s when Gray was exploring
Europe, architecture and building was flourishing. Gray’s mother was his only family so he kept in
contact with her throughout his travels. This letter reveals Gray’s life and real writing,
especially his most personal writing and teaches us the differences in his two types of writing,
personal and his poems.

As I read and learn more about English poet Thomas Gray in the text book’s diminutive background and
analyzing his letter to his mother I find that much more about him and things that I have not
thought of before. One example of Gray’s writing from the letter is, “Till then we must remain in a
state of ignorance as to what is doing in England, for our letters are to meet us there: If I do not
find four or five (letters) from you alone, I shall wonder.” Another example of Gray’s writing is
from a poem of his, “The curfew tolls the knell of parting day, The lowing herd winds slowly o’er
the lea, The plowman homeward plods his weary way, And leaves the world to darkness and to me.”
According to Thomas Gray’s letter, I discover that Gray enjoys traveling and sharing his knowledge
to his mother. By comparing Thomas’ letters to his poem that I have read, I see a difference in his
personal writing and the writing in his poems. In the summer of 1742, Gray later goes on to write
some of his most famous poems.













Each and everyday crime is committed, whether it is hurting someone, stealing, or fraud. More and
more fraud cases are happening each year in big businesses. One local case involved former Tyco CEO
Dennis Kozlowski, he committed fraud in order for him to seek power. Kozlowski was sentenced eight
to twenty five years in prison in the fall of 2005. Kozlowski and his partner, former Tyco CFO, Mark
Swartz were ordered by Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Michael Obus to pay back the company one
hundred and thirty four million dollars.

Kozlowski was found looting an estimate of six hundred million dollars from the Tyco Company.
Kozlowski was accused of paying for lavish parties, fancy art, a New York City apartment with a
$6,000 shower curtain, and a $20,000,000 Nantucket home. Dennis Kozlowski, known for being “family
man” was originated to be a big fraud. According to a Fox News article, “Assistant District Attorney
Owen Heimer told the judge that Kozlowski "should not be shown any leniency. He stole. He
committed fraud. He committed perjury," Heimer said. "He engaged in a shocking spree of
self-indulgence." But Kozlowski asked the judge to be as "lenient as possible" and to
consider "all the positive things I have done in my life." His lawyer, Stephen E. Kaufman,
read from letters written on his client's behalf and said, "He's a good man.
He's a decent person and his reputation has been tarnished but his life should not be

Besides, Dennis Kozlowski benefiting from the fraud, Tyco’s CFO, Mark Swartz was in on the
situation. Swartz also was also buying lavish things, including a boat and throwing parties, while
he was looting money from Tyco. After the court hearing and sentencing of Swartz and Kozlowski, many
think that they got off too easy with their punishment. Kozlowski and Swartz were sentenced for
eight and one third years to twenty five years to prison. Comparing the case to past ones, shows
that the punishment doesn’t fit the crime. In July of 2005, Bernard Ebbers was sentenced to twenty
five years in prison after his role in the WorldCom scandal. The sentences were harsh, but nowhere
near as severe as those in previous cases, said Greg Wallance, a former federal prosecutor now at
Kaye Scholer LLP in New York. "It's a much more lenient sentence than handed out in
federal cases, and I think that partly reflects the fact that the company was not forced into
bankruptcy or destroyed but is doing relatively well," he said. But Wallance added, the
conditions for Swartz and Kozlowski will be harsh. State prisons tend to house more violent
criminals, such as those prosecuted for rape and homicide.

This crime of fraud and the criminals involved have often inspired many great stories in
Literature. For example, in William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, conspiracy is the main point in the
story. In the epic story, Brutus and the other men in power, the Senators, kill Caesar because of
their feelings that Julius wants more power. In this Tyco conspiracy case, there are some
similarities. No, Swartz and Kozlowski didn’t kill anyone, but they went around people’s backs and
took money, helping themselves, pretty much stabbing people in their backs.

Kozlowski and Swartz brought disgrace to Tyco by committing this crime of fraud and stealing. In
some people’s opinions, they got off to easy by not receiving a big punishment and in other’s they
don’t deserve the big punishment. It is surprising to find out that Kozlowski was buying a Nantucket
home, not to far away from home here in Massachusetts, with the money that he stole. The two
suspects in this case took people’s money and invested it on their own personal things and wanted
power. Their power were buying a boats and $6,000 shower curtains, in the end they were punished.




















English is the most powerful language in the world. No matter what country, continent, or city you
visit, there is always a person who mainly speaks English. One word that has had a big importance in
the English language is the word “change”. The word “change” is helping the world because it is
allowing people to express themselves. Many words in the language have affected many people in the
world. People all over the world today are making up new words each and everyday. The word “change”
has been around for hundreds of years, specifically 782 years exactly.

The word “change” has many different meanings but are along the same lines. The definition of
“change” in the American Heritage is “to be or cause to be different”. The Merriam-Webster
dictionary’s definition is “to make different in some particular way”. The definition according to
the Webster’s High School dictionary “change” means “to make or become different”. “Change” helps
the world and the people in the world today by allowing them to express themselves by using these
different definitions.

The word “change” has many meanings in the Oxford English Dictionary. Some definitions differ from
the standard dictionaries people use. Some definitions which people can articulate themselves by
using the word “change” are, “substitution, to substitute for another of the same kind, alteration,
of the moon, hunting, surveying, and the different orders in which a set or series of things can be

Many people in the world today who speak English use the word “change” everyday for many different
things. In a survey, a sixteen year old male, Anthony Peguero, thought of the word “change” was “to
changing one’s clothes”. Anthony was part of the fifty percent of the survey which people thought of
“change” to be “to change one’s clothes.” In the same survey, a twenty year old college student,
Amy Reardon defined “change” by saying “to change a persons ways or attitude.” Ten percent thought
“change” to be about left over change (coins), and forty percent thought of people changing, for
example their attitudes or ways. Many people in the world use the word “change” or different tense
of it to express what their opinions are.

The word “change” has been used in many different works of literature and used in many different
contexts. Some past authors and writers that had used the word “change” were, William Shakespeare in
1588, Charles Dickens in 1836, and Samuel Coleridge in 1847. In Shakespeare’s writing, he writes
“Then in our measure, vouchsafe but one change.” Dickens uses the word “change” by writing Four
horses with clothes on- change for a coach.” Samuel Coleridge uses the word “change by writing,
“After dinner I……washed and changed.”

The English language is not the only language in the world today. There are many people in the
world, who don’t grow up speaking English. My people who don’t speak English use the word “change”.
From the survey I took, the three people whom I surveyed who speak a foreign language, meaning that
English is not their first language, use the word “change” the same way people who speak English
first do too. People who speak a different language than English use “change” also to tell or say
things about themselves, for example changing clothes or sneakers.

The word “change” helps the English language today because it is use in mostly to describe something
good, for example a person or world. Many writers and critics are using the word “change” today in
their articles. In “The Australian” there are three writers who use the word “change” to tell their
opinions in the articles which are all from March 2007. In one article, Samantha Maiden, a political
correspondent for “The Australian” quotes a Treasurer by writing, ``We can't change the terms
and conditions of teachers' pay because we don't pay any of them,''. Another
writer, Sarah Belfield uses “change” by saying, one example of a utilities company turning its
attention to climate change is EnergyAustralia.” Another piece of writing form The Australian says
“Change in lifestyles can be a smooth operation.” All of these writers are using the word “change”
in many different ways with different meanings by quoting and writing their stories.

The word “change” is far from being dead in today’s language and society because many poets,
authors, newspaper writers, and critics are using the word “change” to get across their points and
opinions. People are using the word “change” because when they are saying the word, they are
expressing themselves, for what they really feel and believe about something, in either English or a
foreign language. This condition is helping the world and the English language today.



Cited Sources- Essay the Fourth

Belfield, Sarah. “Climate Change- Business and Envirnoment Part 1”. The Australian. March 24, 2007

Coleridge, Samuel. Biographia Literari, Scholarly Publishing Office, University of Michigan Library,
1817 350.

Dickens, Charles. Sketches by Boz, Penguin Classics 1866 248.

Deford, Susan. “Promoting a Way to Preserve Bits of Land”. The Washington Post. March 22, 2007

Maiden, Samantha. “Bishop Falls into Line with Treasurer on Pay for Teachers”. The Australian. March
22, 2007

Oxford English Dictionary, Oxford: Oxford University Press 1989 267-268.

Peguero, Anthony. Personal Interview. May 15, 2007

Reardon, Amy. Personal Interview. May 1, 2007.

Shakespeare, William. Love’s Labour’s Lost, BookSurge Classics, 1588 209.