English 10: Writing Portfolio
Catholic Memorial High School
.Dear Derek Walcott,
My name is Kurtis Buczynski, and I am a sophomore at Catholic Memorial High School. I am a
poet myself. I loved how you won the Nobel Prize for your writings. I learned that in your early
life you grew up on an isolated island. This helped you greatly with your work. Now I am also living
in an isolated life because people do not know my full potential in writing a poem.
I saw your poem “ Sea Of Grapes ” and was interested in it. The way you relate Odysseus’s
life to other people of the ocean’s life, is quite fascinating. Yet the best part of the poem was
the last line. It was when you said, “The classics console. But not enough.” This line relates to my
life because as much as I try to make situations in life better than they are, I cannot achieve the
I was amazed by how young you were when you wrote your first piece of literature. And I
liked how you were able to make your books and poems into two languages. I also admire your courage
to move to New York and start up the Trinidad Theater Workshop. Someday I hope to accomplish over
the great odds that you were also in.
So I would like to invite you to my school and help the young writers, like myself. I
believe that with your work experience and my class mates minds you can mold us into next
generations writers. Yet if you do not come, then you will be missing out on meeting a great group
of workers. Thank you for time.
|In 1374, a young man by the name of
Geoffrey Chaucer wrote a brutal letter to his purse. This
letter was called "Chaucer's Letter To His Purse". Seeing that he was from England and was
an English man, you could tell on this dreadful morning when he would write to his purse he would
bring out the worse. People would do the same if there purse was trying to be someone else’s purse.
In this letter Geoffrey Chaucer got inspiration from his purse to feel a different emotion. Also at
the time he was going through so family problems with his brother. He also had many of his
inspirational authors dying. So many emotions were put in this letter, it should have been believed
to be a letter of hate rather than of frustration.
The letter is written in Ole English, so it was hard to translate. Yet what I got from it was that
he treated his purse with the up most respect, “I am so sory, now that ye been lyght; “ and he also
said he was very sad, “For certes, but ye make me hevy chere” and lastly that he said he felt like
dying, because he felt so betrayed, “Me were as leef be layd upon my bere”.
At many times in this letter, we see a different side of Chaucer. He repeats many times how he is
disappointed with the purse. He says at the beginning of the letter that he would take him to the
grave him because of teh great relationship they shared. And at the end, he suddenly changes his
mind and says that he would have to balance out his decison to bring teh purse to the grave with
him or not.
Geoffrey Chaucer is well known for his "Tale" writings. Such example would be The
Knight's Tale, The Cook's Tale, The Nun's Priest's Tale, and so on and so
forth. They all talk about how each persons life is and how it roles out into something bigger. Yet in
letter Chaucer acts more serious in such ways of actual happenings and
In December 2005 Prime Minister of Italy, Silvio
Berlusconi changed laws to benefit himself. This
The world is filled with many languages. The
dominant language is English. One of the most known