English 10: Writing Portfolio

 

Catholic Memorial High School

 

2006-2007

   
   
   
   
   
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  Dear Peter Townshend,


I would like to thank you for taking your time to read this letter. My name is Ben Hawley, living
in Boston MA, studying 10th grade British Literature at Catholic Memorial. In our studies we have
come across your name, we were not however able to study your work. So I would like to invite you
to speak to our class about your life, your involvement in The Who, information on your rock opera
“Tommy”, and if possible, some other examples of your work.


I have found inspiration in many of your musical pieces. My favorite record of yours is by far
“Who’s Next”. My favorite two songs are “Baba O’Reilly”, and “Naked Eye”. Personally I feel your
guitar solo in “Naked Eye”, is some of the greatest guitar work that my ears have ever heard. The
best line in that song in my mind is “The world begins behind your neighbor's wall”, this shows
insight by making the observation that humans are often curious, and are always looking for ways to
get more power at any cost. I admire your musical genius that put together “Baba O’Reilly”. It has
the most original beginning to a song since the 60s up threw current day.


A visit to a classroom would be greatly appreciated. As a personal hero of mine I would make sure
that your visit would be as comfortable as possible. I will not go as far to say that our British
Literature education is at risk of you not coming, but it will without a doubt benefit greatly from
your appearance. So I would ask you to put some thought into this request, and please respond to
this letter.


Yours Truly,


Ben

   
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In this letter written by William Blake addressed to Rev D Trusler, on the date August 16th, 1799 in
Lambeth England. William Blake reveals to the Rev many personal opinions about his work. Blake asks
the Rev for help, also Blake tells the Rev Trusler as well as us that he feels modern literature
has lost the art that the ancient Romans and Greeks once had.

Blake writes Trusler asking the Rev for some help. Blake feels that he has lost the art of his own
literature, as well as many of the other writers of the time. Blake plans to try and bring back
that lost art. At the end of the letter Blake gives the Rev Trusler a sample of his latest
"design", and asks for his opinion.

Blake makes it very clear in this letter that he thinks of Rev Trusler very highly. At the end of
the letter Blake writes "Your very humble servent". This that Blake puts Trusler on a
pedastil. This is most likely the reason that Blake decided to write him instead of any other
person. This raises the question how much of Blake's work is influenced by outside sources,
like Rev Trusler.

Rev D Trusler must have been a very intelligent man, with a extended education in the literature of
the Greeks and Romans. Blake would not tell Trusler that he feels that their art of literature was
lost, and then ask for his opinion on his work if Trusler was not educated in Greek and Roman
literature. This also points out that Blake has studied this literature too, but is goin through a
normal phase of writers block. And is asking Trusler for a push in the right direction in gettin
his touch back.

"I was angry with my foe; I told it not, my wrath did grow", is a quote from "A
Poison Tree" written by Blake. This poem is a poem about if you don't deal with your
problems they grow and grow and become much bigger. This shows he is a man of morality, which makes
sense why he would be writting to a reverend. It also makes sense why he would look up to him so
much. I get the impression that Blake is a man of faith, and it is showed in his poems, as well as
his letters.

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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Early in the morning on the date of August 2, 1999 a secessionist group who call themselves the
Caprivi Liberation Army, or the CLA, attacked government forces and buildings in the capital of the
Caprivi region in North Eastern Namibia. They attacked the police headquarters and local offices of
the Namibian Broadcasting Coperation an army base and an immigration post. They attacks had a total
eleven casualties of the secrity forces.


After the attack the Namibian government declared a state of emergency, and closed all borders
with all neighboring countries. These crimes were motivated by a need for power. The Caprivi
Liberation Army felt that they could run the country of Namibia better then the current standing
Namibian government.


This crime of treason that the Caprivi Liberation Army committed on there own country reminds
many of us of the treason that was committed in the novel "Animal Farm", written by
George Orwell, in which the animals on a farm revolt on there own farm. Both the CLA and the
animals in the book "Animal Farm" had similar motives. They both felt that they were
being oppressed by the standing government. But more importantly both the CLA and the animals felt
that they could run the country (or farm) better than they people who were running the country (or
farm).


More recently thirty of the accused one-hundred-nineteen suspects have gone on a boy-cot of the
trial. This is because the decision or the ruling that ended the idea of their plan to challenge
the High Court's territorial jurisdiction over the Caprivi Region. These thirty men feel that
they are not getting the fairest possible trial that they could potentially get. One of the men,
named Aggrey Makendano even went as far to tell judge Elton Hoff this, "It is my view that the
Namibian Government or the Namibian State has no authority, legally or factually, over the Caprivi
Strip and its nationals. Consequently I believe that this court has no jurisdiction to try me on
charges of treason or sedition."


Obviously the attempt to over throw the Namibian government was not successful. There was
one-hundred-nineteen arrests in this case. And all of them were brought to court, and all were
found guilty. However the one-hundred-nineteen members of the CLA continued to appeal, until they
were finally denied for the last time in 1994 by judge Elton Hoff, and all were found guilty.