English 10: Writing Portfolio

Essay the first: Origins  
Essay the second: Literature  
  Last summer I was in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I arrived in Florida on August 20th. After I unpacked I talked a while with my cousins. To catch with my cousins and how life is treating them. The cousins of mine that were involved was Christopher and Victor. So, after catching up with his cousins chris decides to go in the gym. As he walks in the gym he notices a treadmill. As excited as he was he decides to take a hop on it. Chris starts to run on it going at least 12mph, then trips and falls just like Mr.Tassinari’s jokes. After Chris takes his beautiful fall we all get laughs in, then a little more. Anyways, Victor being a showoff, decides to show Chris how a treadmill is used. Victor also busts his face open on the treadmill. Victor fell even harder than Chris, much like Mr.Donovan’s jokes. P.S. both Mr.Donovan and Mr.tassinari both have and always will have bad jokes.

Thus, this shows how my family likes to give another and better examples to others. I learned from this funny accident not to run fast on a treadmill and not to show off on a treadmill.
















Dear Philip Larkin, As the company was creating the upcoming English literature textbook we chose many authors and poets. I think a good textbook should have qualities of good stories that have stories that are correct and make sense. But it came to be that you were not one of them. In your poems there is no rhyming, poems usually give a great interest in rhyming. For example music gives a great attraction due to its rhyming.

I can prove your none use of rhyming by your poem “Days” there was absolutely no rhyme scheme. Sure many students like very short poems and readings, but it wont appeal to them rhyming wise. Another poem you inserted for us to read was “The Explosion”. Also has no rhyming scheme. This poem is a very good poem, but not rhyming wise. The last poem that you inserted for us to read was “Coming”. The poem is quite unclear and does not stand out as much as your other poems. You have great mind to think up poems these well, but rhyming is needed.

Another proof of your poem was from a critic Di piero he says “ he has never felt any attraction for your style of sadness, and your technical gifts do not tempt me to sympathy. He also says you have a low-grade spirit –fever and you do not give enough enthusiasm in your poems. He also suggests that we are fools to think about existence differently.

This may be bad news to you Philip Larkin. Due to style and stature of writing we have not chosen your entries. You are a very successful person but maybe next year you will filll up to our needs in literature. And make the Prentice Hall Literature Book. thank you for entering.

Sincerely, Stanley Demesmin
























Many works in British Literature have many factors of superstitious features such as the Waterboys. The Waterboy’s “Strange Boat” has superstitious features that express ways of the British literature. Another on going story that has superstitious features is the story of Macbeth. Macbeth shows many superstitious features such as floating daggers, ghosts, and zombies. The work by the Waterboys “Strange Boat”, that many have not read may lead us to believe in their own unique superstitions.

The Waterboy’s “Strange Boat” tries to get readers to believe in their superstitions. They start by using the word “Strange” a lot in their sentences as if something was wrong or even abnormal. The Waterboy’s also use their stanzas to portray that they are some what “transporting”. For example in the first stanza they are on a boat, from then on they end up in a car. Theses superstitions that the Waterboys use make me believe that they are in some sort of other realm.

The Waterboy’s superstitions reveal the British people and society of the 90’s. It reveals that the British have a great emphasis that something is abnormal or strange. It also reveals that the British society has very deeply divine content. For example the line “we are turning flesh and body into soul. I believe that the British have a great interest in odd and different settings.

I believe that the Waterboy’s “Strange Boat” was not taken seriously enough. It was probably not taken serious enough because not many people believe in ghosts or superstitions. Another reason why it might not have been taken seriously because the story has a lack of length, and did not appeal to a lot of readers.

Many critics have discussed the work of the British literature. One of them is Alec Gill. Alec expresses that superstition involves looking for signs of divinity in a certain work. The Waterboys clearly show it in “Strange Boat”. Alec also expresses that most superstitious features could maybe be hidden in the work. In “Strange boat it takes a while to understand the divinity that is being used but, surely can be found. I believe the Waterboys “Strange Boat” sets a good superstitious learning to all other divinity writers.






























English itself is very complex due to year change and _expression. Many words in the English literature have either helped or hurt world progress as a typical word. “Free”, I believe has been very helpful to world progress. “Free” has a great emphasis in segregation and how to express ones feelings. Many words in the English Language may have helped or hurt the advancement but, all lead to more sufficient words

The word “Free” has many different meanings and definitions. Mostly all lead to the same idea. In Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, it expresses “Free’ as a noun, meaning not being in the position as a slave or a serf; having freedom of action and political rights. (WTNID) In the American Heritage Dictionary it expresses “Free” as an adjective meaning, costing nothing; no original value.(AHD) In the Webster’s New Twentieth Century Dictionary the word “Free” also as an adjective has a meaning of not under the control of some other person or arbitrary power; able to act without restriction.“(WN2CD)Free has many meanings and definitions which emphasize the same idea.

The Oxford English Dictionary is a more toned and sophisticated source for word and historical information. The first meaning of “Free” the OED expresses is as a verb, “to make one free; to set at liberty; to release from bondage.(OED) This example of the word free was first used in c.1000. The OED also uses it as an adjective, “not in bondage to another; not constricted.”(OED) This usage of the word was fist used in c.888. The OED is the advancement of English literature.

Many friends and relatives I have use the word “Free” in many different and sometimes odd ways. For instance Greg Dauphin thought of “flying like a bird”.(GD) Differently his brother Chris Dauphin thought of “being out of the world and in a never ending sea”.(CD) It is the same word but, both brothers have a greater and different perspective on the word. Lastly, Liz Dauphin used it as a feeling; “happiness and grace”.(LD) The great scholar Mconegal thought of the word "free" as the "Fletcher Free library as a childhood memory".(JM) Liz has a totally different perspective than the other three sources. Different people may always have different thoughts of the word “free”.

Many Famous Authors over time have used the word “free”. Shakespeare once used “free” in 1606 Ant & Cl. IV XIV 81 “when I did make thee free”.(SHAKES) This usage of the word “free” is a verb meaning to make one free. Another famous author such as Wordsworth has also used it in his time.(WORDSWORTH) 1802 Sonn “It is not to be thought of that the flood, we must be free or die, who speak the tongue that Shakespeare sake. Another Great author who used “free” in his literature was Chaucer;c.1386 Wife’s Prol. 49, “ I am free to wedde; a goddess half, wher it lyketh me”.(CHAUCER)It is Obvious that many authors have the same feeling of the word “free” in their works.

Many usages of "free" are differently used and are alive. Articles and magazines use "free" in slang-like terms to portray their own feeling of a word. For example the "World Almanac & Book of Facts";p746 1/3p; used the word "free" that is not used in every conversations." The duty-free articles may accompany the traveler at the time of return, be for personal or for household use."(WABF) This usage portrays not having a duty. Another different usage of "free" is from the magazine "Aviation History"; vol.15 p.74 1/2p;"Graham had achieved the first free flight with the belt, a small personal propulsion device that uses low-power rockets to travel short distances across land."(AH) In this usage there was similarities between it and natives using it the same way portraying air. Through the advancement of the word "free" it helped make people portray their own words more easily.

The word "free" was a great help due to its up lift to sentences and is less difficult including in sentences. Bilinguals is not a feature for the word "free", due to its rareness in other languages it stays and is more efficient. Thus, helping English more than anything. I believe English is not officially a language. It is growing and still will grow. Many people change the way they feel of a word or stick to what works. "Free" has many down sides to it but, still is helpful to English.


Works cited

(AHD) American Heritage Dictionary

(AH) Aviation History

(CHAUCER) Chaucer, Geoffrey

(CD) Dauphin, Christopher

(GD) Dauphin, Gregory

(LD) Dauphin, Elizabeth

(OED) Oxford English Dictionary

(SHAKESPEARE) Shakespeare, William

(WTNID) Webster’s Third New Int. Dictionary

(WN2CD) Webster’s New Twentieth Cent. Dictionary

(WORDSWORTH) Wordsworth, William

(WABF) World Almanac of Book Facts