English 10: Writing Portfolio

Essay the first: Origins  
Essay the second: Literature  
  This story takes place during my christmas vacation at my grandmothers house where we all gather every christmas day to exchange present. This is my favorite time of the year because i get to see my goofy uncles as well as the rest of my family. This christmas day my family gathered at my grandmothers house all promtly at the same time for a wonderful day of exanging gifts and tipically whatching a movie.

On this day we all decided to whatch christmas vacation because my dad screws up sometimes just like Clark Griswald when he makes mistakes they are tipically in the fassion of Mr.Griswald. So my dad is asked to pass out the presents to all the kids, god forbid he screws up and the wrong kid opens the wrong present which actually ended up happening anyways! Then my cousin Mike ends up getting a barbie playhouse and my sister gets a army battle set equipped with fighter jets, man i bet thats just what shes always wanted. So im thinking nice move dad, and I know hes going to mess sothing else up. so when we are all whatching the movie together, my dad is reminded how much boss's are jerks, because clark hates his boss in the movie. And in the movie theres an uncle eddie which is my uncle david. In the movie clark and eddie kidnapp clarks boss. And so my dad and my uncle david want to play a joke on the family, not me though because i was the boss. So we sneek out come back a half hour later with me tied up in rope and duck tape and a mask on. Then they brought in to the house, so everybody is scared because they think its my dads boss they kidnapt but if they took a second to look around and noticed I wasnt there in the crowd they should have known it was me! So i take the mask off and everybody laugh's and is releaved it was just me under the mask.

Its so easy not to be noticed and forgotten in the crowd thats why I learned that not to be a quiet person in life because you could be forgotten. Thats why I stand out and outgoing in life, you are loved by your surrounding crowd that you are amusing and being the center of attention. One last minor note for my future rule book and my things i should never do list, NUMBER 1. Never kidnapp your boss or even better your fathers boss!


















Dear Philip Larkin, my staff and I look for the best work in British literature, and I regret to inform you that we have decided not to put your work into our 2005 edition of British Literature. The reasons behind our decision not to include your work come mainly from the point and fact that we believe your writings are well... a bit depressing and boring. My editors and I like to see enthusiastic and joyful poems that keep the children in class interested in British literature and not falling asleep as many would after reading your poems. We also like to see the best works of British literature and only the best are eligible to be in our text, so that the students see and learn from the best. One example of your work I particularly do not care for would be your poem Days.

The poem Days is not really what we look for in our text because it is boring "as I stated earlier in the letter", as are your other poems. Days does not give an enthusiastic nor interesting poetic setting for our young readers who need to enjoy their reading from our text. In your poem it constantly states the word "days" over and over again, this excessive use of the same word could make one extremely bored and not want to pick up our text again fearing that the next poem could be worse. Instead we have successfully kept that from happening by not including your work into our book. We also want joyful poems that do not depress students in a learning environment. The depression of a student could lead to a state in which the student does not care or think about what is going on in the book or the class. Another one of your poems that I do not think would be eligible for our text is the poem "Explosion". Just from the title of this depressing poem you now that its definitely not a happier one. The title "Explosion" also sounds like a title a 5th grader would put on his poem not an adult such as yourself! And apparently my editors and I are not the only ones who do not care for your work, but also from a poetry magazine it states that "Larkins style of sadness and his low-grade spirit-fever isn't my melancholy or the kind of poems that draw my attention". I would suggest in the future attempting to write poems that are actually interesting to someone beside yourself and whoever had proof read your boring poems.

Now I hope you Mr. Larkin can see our reasons behind our decision not to include your poems into the 2005 British Literature text book. The reasons we gave are fact and not fiction your poems are boring and pointless to us and will be to our readers. As I have stated before we look for enthusiastic poems that are joyful as well interesting to our readers and young learners. In the upcoming years I hope you may write a poem up to our standards of interest, and one day include your work into a future edition of our British Literature textbooks! Best of luck to you Mr. Larkin in the future with your writings. Sincerely, Brian Zaleski






















The great unknown of the Iron Pineapple Superstition of one's mind can scare or frighten one's self after reading a horror or a mystery. Superstition is directly coming from the text and into your mind. As a reader, you begin to feel for the character, but also live the adventure and horror as if you were there in the story, beside them as they go through the experiences. British literature is greatly know for its authors of superstitious stories told time and time again. These stories will be continued to be told to new and interested audiences. For some that have even heard the story before, they still receive the same bone chilling experiences after hearing it time and time again. The majority of british literature reveals superstition in in its stories since either the author has an interest in this style of writing or has been living in a life of darkness of feelings or has been around a darkness of feelings that the author wants to create into a great story. The question to address here was to argue how superstition affects British literature Howeverf, I believe it's also how British literature affects superstition, since British authors have always have had some odd time in their lives to turn one's actual life experiences or events into a story. British past is filled with many miracles and unexplained events that people began to create a superstitous cause for, without knowing the true answer. Superstition does affect british literature by one author hearing a story via word of mouth that scared him. This made the author think and to look for the answer to the questions why and how did this happen. The author makes this superstition into a story, other's read it and begin to think and ask the same questions that the original author had when he first heard the story. This is where the answer of the question " how does superstition affect British literature?" lies. The answer is out of their the people's reach. It still cannot all be explained and therefore will never become old, since the story is a mystery, that could have several possibilies of endings, each time you hear the story. That is a mystery!! The story, The Iron Pineapple convinces you to believe in superstition since it starts off in the middle of the tale about a man telling that no one will believe in his story and what has happened to him. His wife proposed to send for a medical man and many around him claim he's gone mad. His name is John Noy. He was taken by other's, tortured and then cut off from them. No humans were around he wandered lost in "a hideous life apart'. John was alone, lost, and frightened, this makes you believe in british literature since you begin to wonder how he got there in the first place and who or what took him there?. It get's you to think about the story and makes you curious as what to happens next to this poor man. You feel for the character and the superstition around him that not only perplexed him and made him afraid, but you the audience as well! British literature is criticized by Eric Maple. He makes the point that "there are appartently no absolutely new superstitions but only ancient ones which....persist in advancing from generation to generation disguised as novelties" in Peter Hainings book Superstition (Sidgwick & Johnson, 1979). The passing on of superstitions are mostly through word of mouth, which is called "oral tradition". Oral tradition, or stories by word of mouth, make it difficult for historians to research and learn since there isn't any real evidence, and these superstitions are hardly ever written down or documented. Therefore, the survival or existence of these superstitions are even more remarkable or wonderful today.




























The etymology and the roots of the word "go" reveal a bit about its helpfulnessin the world today. For example today the word "go" is used so many times no one could ever count. But if you were, the number of times Im sure would be in the high millions to billions! "Go" makes the world a better place, its quick and to the point. As the English language progreses in time and spreads throught out the earth it will only provide better communication with other countries, and to have one united language that could blossom.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word "go" as "the action of going, in various senses. Now the Websters New Collegine Dictionary defines the word "go" as went. This definition mite be short but its strait to the point. The O.E.D otherwise known as the Oxford English Dictionary is widely known for it's in depth definitions and outstanding references. For example when the word "go" was first used in print and where.

The word "go" was first used in 1727 by Boyer Fr. Dict s.v.,"This horse has good go with him, he goes well, or places well". But its all really in different forms and how you use the word "go"in a certain way is how you get a certain definition of when it was first used. For example the inflexional forms of "go" were first used in Beowulf in 1163 "bac cwom wealthbeo for gan under gyldnum beaze". If you consider the great authors of our past such Mark twain for example used the word "go" in Life on Mississippi in 1883 on page 450 "The unpolished Southerners often gone .....He had'nt ought to have gone". I choose to use this definition to show how the english language spread across the atlantic and was used in everyday stories and print. And if you could imagine how many times so many other authors used the "go' in their everyday speech and life, it's very cool to think that William Shakespeare used it. Just as I speak and use the word "go" he once also did on the day he had to go deliver "Romeo and Julliet" to the theatre in london!

When the time came to ask my family, friends, and piers what was the first phrase or thought that came to them when I said the word "go'. Their responses were all different but all had do with going and doing somthing. The first person I asked was my mother Lynn Zaleski her response was "going on vacation and going to relax". The second person I asked was my father Greg Zaleski and he said "going to have fun". Later I then asked my sister Meghan Zaleski and she said "Im going out with my friends". The fourth person I asked was my grandmother Kay Zaleski and she said "o I don't know going out golfing with my friends". Finally Mr. McGonegal my British lit. teacher said "when I think of go I think of a Katie Holmes movie when she said "go on now" ". All of these people used the word "go" in various ways when I asked them randomly, and yes they all could admit that it's an everyday word that they use and probably could not go a whole day without using it. Of course not forcing yourself not to, Im sure some could but otherwise when your going some place "well i just used it see it's kind of hard to avoid".

In everyday life millions of people pick up a paper, magazine, or happen to read an internet article on somthing that interest's them, well here's where the word go comes into play. Just in a few articles Ive chossen, the word "go" is used in different ways and ever changing with our society and new technology. The first add I choose had to do with the new PSP or portable playstation. They used the word "go" in 6/7/2005 edition of PC Magazine " The computer game Gretzky NHL has ON-the-fly play calling, give and go passing.". Another article from PC MAG. talked about Toshiba in 6/7/2005 edition "If one needs to keep in touch and caught up while on the go, it could be the companion of choice. Then I used and article from Consumer Reports in the July 2005 news "XM radio to go is a battery operated personal radio and has improved." Finally, the