English 10: Writing Portfolio

Essay the first: Origins  
Essay the second: Literature  
  Back when I was seven years old my parents and I went to my grandparents house for my birthday. After we ate dinner, my parents said they had a huge surprise for me. I already knew of this surprise because my sister told me about it a few days earlier. She said, "Mike, Mom and Dad have a huge surprise for you on your birthday, and I know what it is!" Little did I know, my parents told my sister to tell me about the surprise to get my hopes up.

So after dinner, everyone in my family went out back to show me my "amazing" surprise that I already knew about. When I walked into the backyard, my uncle, aunt, grandmother, and grandfather all threw pies right in my face! I laughed and said, "HAHA, you missed!" Then out of no where my mom and dad threw a huge cake right in my face and screamed "surprise!" Since I was little, my dad picked me up and threw me into the pool.

This story describes my family because it shows that it is fun, loving, and exciting. It taught me that I really dont get mad about things that easily because if I did i would have been mad about the cake in my face.

















Dear Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Today I am here to write to you on behalf of Prentice Hall Literature: The English Tradition, in regards of next years publication. I regret to inform you that we will not be including you in next years 2005 edition. We, here at Prentice Hall, believe a good text book should include ways that will educate the reader but also entertain them at the same time. By entertaining the reader, we mean that the student will want to come home every night and read. We do not like the style in which you write. We are in no way saying your work is not good, otherwise you would not be the famous writer that you are, or even be considered for publication in Prentice Hall.

Another reason why we cannot include you is because we have a new theme. We are trying to get writings that are exciting. No student likes a boring piece of writing. We have a theory that with exciting writing, more students will want to be involved and pay more attention in English and Literature classes around the country. This is another reason why your work does not fit our vision for the 2005 edition.

Furthermore, your work is not what we are looking for. Some of your writings have been described as boring, anti-climatic, and depressed. As we have said, our new them for the 2005 edition is exciting writing, which these descriptions of your writings, are not.

Thank you for submission of your writings to Prentice Hall Literate: The English Tradition. We sincerely thank you for your cooperation.

We will be contacting you next year in regards to the 2006 edition if you are still interested. Thank you for your time.

Sincerely, Prentice Hall

















In the following essay I will be talking about a British literature short story, The Vanishing of Mrs. Fraser, by Basil Thompson. I will be talking about how superstition effects this peice of work. There are a number of other British literature works that are also effected by superstition. For example, Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley.

In the story I chose, The Vanishing of Mrs. Fraser, this work gets into superstition as you can tell by the title- the vanishing. A lady named Mary randomly disapears in a hotel in France.

This superstition revealed that the people at this time did not really believe in superstitions or people vanishing. So, when Mary dissapeared the hotel employees were not worried. This has revealed that the British people or society at this time of the early ninteen-hundreds were really laid back with this sort of stuff.

I think this work was not taken seriously enough because of a few reasons. The first reason is that there are a lot of British literature works about superstition, so it might not have been recognized. The second reason is that it is only a short story, not a novel.

Another author that I have researched that has written some information about the author of this story, Basil Thompson, is Kathy Posin. In her article she presents an obituary for Thompson. She also writes about Thompson's success.

As you can tell, British literature has a lot of works in which they deal with superstition. The work that I chose, The Vanishing of Mrs. Fraser, has deffinatly dealt with superstition immensley.





























When I think of the English language, I think of a world of words that I have not yet had the chance to establish into my vocabulary. Then I think of the list of words that I have learned or seen sometime in my life. One of those words that I have had the chance to “greet”, for lack of a better word, is “snug.” This is the word that I will be researching. My conclusion is that this word has made a good impact on the world. In my research I looked up four dictionaries in which the word “snug” was in and wrote down the different definitions it gave. In the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, it defines the word “snug,” “as to cause to fit closely.” The second definition it gave was “enjoying or affording warm, secure shelter.” The second dictionary I used in my research was the Cambridge University Online Dictionary. When looking up the word “snug” I came across two similar definitions of the word. The definition the dictionary gave was “(of a person) feeling warm, comfortable, and protected, or (of a place) giving feelings of warmth, comfort, and protection.” The second definition it gave was “fitting closely.” The third dictionary used in my research was the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. When looking up the word “snug” I also came across more than one definition. The first definition I glanced on was “comfortably sheltered,” close fitting, and safe or secure.” On the Oxford English Dictionary website “snug,” was listed as, “that which is comfortable, quiet, or private.” As did the other dictionaries that I scavenged, the definition in which “snug” refers to a ship also came up on the Oxford English dictionary website as well. This definition is, “Of a ship or her parts: trim, neat, compact; adequately or properly prepared for, or protected from, bad weather.” I also found three other definitions that I did not find in the other dictionaries were “fairly large or substantial, of a borough, and used as an interjection asking for or commanding secrecy.” These three definition were not found in my research was looking on the Merriam-Webster, Cambridge University, and the American Heritage dictionaries. During my April vacation, as I traveled across the state and down to florida for baseball, I asked ten people the first word that popped into their head when asked about the word “snug.” As I have learned, the people of Florida and the people of Massachusetts have distinct differences of the word “snug.” Brendan Wheeler of Massachusetts when asked about the word “snug,” quickly said comfortable. Now, when I asked Ricardo Sullivan of Florida, he said knew the dead meaning of the word, which is “of a ship, manifesting seaworthiness.” He also said that he knew another meaning of the word. He then said “fitting.” As I asked four other people of florida, two of the four people, Steve Lambert and Josh McKeon, said something about a ship and the others said something in general to “comfortable.” I have a conclusion that people that live in a state where mostly everything they do is about water, knows the dead definition of the word “snug.” The people up north, in Massachusetts, know the real meaning of the word, which is comfortable or protected. When looking for some origins of the word “snug,” several of them came up. The dates for these origins range between 1595 to 1844. In 1757 the author S. Foote used it as we most know the word “snug” as comfortable or warm feeling in his book Author. He said, “You love the snug, the Chimney-Corner of Life; and retire to this obscure Nook.” Another person who used the word “snug” was Captain Wyatt used it as referring to a ship in R. Dudley's Voyage. He said, “A verie fine snugg long shipp, having on each side vi. portes open, beside her chase and her sterne peeces. In 1844, P. Harwood used it referring to a city in Hist. Irish Rebellion. He said, “The other boroughs, which were close or snug, sent the remainder






















Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Florida

Oh the beautiful place it is
With the calm palm trees
and the warm sandy beaches
Good thing the lakes dont have leaches
So many cities,
Tampa, Miami, Boca, Fort Lauderdale
Oh how beautiful,
Oh how beautiful
With the sun shining down
don't let the sun bur you,
or you'll have a frown
If you want to have some
real fun
Go to South Beach...