English 10: Writing Portfolio

Essay the first: Origins  
Essay the second: Literature  

The Gillis family that I know and love, have been to say the least been a tad bit on the forgetful side. On a spring day in 1992, Mary and Robert Gillis went to the South Shore Plaza in Braintree MA, Mary comfortably lounging in the back seat and Robert in the front as if he were a shofer navigating his wife to her desired locations. Soon After arrival, Robert had thought he had heard the sound of the back door closing meaning she was done shopping, “ready Mary” he said, hearing no response but just assumed his hearing was going due to old age. He left the Plaza and went to go pick up eggs at he store. He said “OK Mary where here.” He looked back to find an empty back seat. He hastily goes back to the plaza. She was rite where he dropped her off. Mary climes into the car seeming calm and sees “53 years and you still forget about me!” They both found the situation comical. I took away from this story that I am often forgetful like my grandfather and like him have a good sense of humor.






















Dear Lord Tennyson, I have been blessed with the opportunity to be the chief editor of the Prentice Hall Literature Text Book, which is read by selected high school sophomore classes throughout the country. As editor, it is my sole responsibility to determine which writers as well as poets are the rite fit to be displayed it next years book. In our book there are certain aspects or writing and poetry that we feel must be displayed. Aspects such as themes, and Technique. On behalf of Prentice Hall, I regret to inform you that your works will not be seen in next years literary text book.

There are a handful of Victorian Poets that have the elements in which we want, unfortunately you are not one of them. Your use of dead words are frowned upon here at Prentice Hall. Your technique as far as meter and stanza structure is not what we are looking for. For example, in your piece, “The Lady of Shalott” you use what is know as a “tail-rhyme stanza.” Though some would consider this scheme magical, I feel as though it is too complex and is of a greater level then what high school sophomores should be analyzing. Others have said your writing is “Too Victorian and out of date”.

When contemplating whether you should or should not be in the book I decided that the students would have the opportunity and privilege to see your work elsewhere, due to your popularity. Lord Tennyson, I admire your work and take great interest in your poetry but this book is for sophomores not me, so I feel at their age they are not ready for your themes nor your structure(though I find it appealing). A Mr. T.S Elliot once called you “The saddest of poets” and today might darken your day even more so. Thank you for your time.

Michael McCarthy