English 10: Writing Portfolio
Catholic Memorial High School
|Dear Brian Patten,
This year I am taking studying a unit on contemporary British authors. My class was assigned to
choose an author that interested us and write a letter to them while searching on the UK publishing
website penguin.com I came across your name. After reading up on you a bit and I learned that you
were a humorous poet and had an interesting life. I decided to write to you because of some
similarities sin our personalities.
None of your works were in the book we are studying out of. After looking you up on several
publishers’ websites, I found out that you were a humorous poet. I read a few of your poems from
the book “The Puffin Book of Utterly Brilliant Poetry”, and I liked them a great deal. On a few of
the publishers sites I also learned some facts about you such that you grew up in Liverpool, England
a place that I have learned the location of while studying this British Literature course and I also
knew that that’s the same place the The Beatles came from.
One of Brian Patten’s works is a poem called “Geography Lesson”. This poem is about a school
teacher teaching his students to set high standards for them selves and visit new and different
places that they want to visit. In the poem the teacher draws a map of certain places he wants to
visit. However, he then gets ill and doesn’t return to school, but his lesson stayed with his
students and they redrew the map to the places they wanted to visit. It was a short poem but it
carried with it a very strong message.
Although I can’t promise you a free stay at a 5 star hotel or first class airline tickets, I can
promise that if you came to visit my school your visit would be greatly appreciated. You could
teach many of the kids poetry but could hold there attention easier due to the humor in your poems.
Just think if you didn’t come we wouldn’t get to learn about your great humor filled poems, and
maybe a young aspiring writer wouldn’t have enough inspiration to keep with his goal. That is why
your visit would be greatly appreciated.
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