English 10: Writing Portfolio

Essay the first: Origins  
Essay the second: Literature  
  My mom has always been known to been nice to everyone she sees. I have become the same way as she has. Everyday she drives home from work without any problems. Being too nice to people can put you in a lot of trouble but I think helping people out is a good thing to do.

A few years ago my mom was driving home from work. She works in town. She was getting close to our house in Roslindale when she was stopped at a red light. A man then walked up to the car and opened the door which was usually unlocked. He got in the car and started saying a street name over and over. You might think he was getting her confused for a taxi, but he never payed her for the ride. She drove to the street he wanted and then he got out without saying anything. It probably was a scary thing for a strange man to do that but she drove him like a taxi driver would.

This short story tells how my family treats people and sometimes it's too nice. It's funny in a way because of how the guy acted like she was really a taxi even though he didn't pay her. She was probably afraid so she just went to where he was saying and it ended up being a nice thing to do.























Dear Elizabeth Barrett Browning, I have wrote this letter to tell you that you are not being published in my 2005 British Literature textbook. The rejection letters are the hardest letters to write. It is a hard decision when choosing who has the writing you want in your textbook to be learned and who is not able to be in. A good textbook should have a variety of different styles and talents in each writer. The writers should show how they can help other kids learn to do the same in their writings.

In your writings the main topic you wrote about was love. Most of your writings were about love for your husband Robert Browning. Robert Browning was a great writer and he is the type I am looking for in my textbook. It is unfortunate that his popularity has taking away from your talents and maybe you have not gotten as much recognition as your deserve. Love is a topic that I do not think should be written about as much or to be learned about by kids reading this textbook. They need more of a subject they can relate to. Henry James was a critic of you writing about love. In his "critical reaction" he tells how he does not agree with your style of writing. He also has you included in the Italian Independence.

Your style of writing was different then other writers that I chose. Your writing could confuse people and some might not understand what you are talking about in your poems. Writing about one subject and about one man is not what a good poet should do. Your style should be a variety of different topics. You did not show me that you could write about other people and other things in your life. I think sometimes writing about your childhood is a good idea. You can get many stories and ideas to write about in your poems.

All of the poems you wrote were in Sonnet from. Sonnet poems are 15 line poems. Some of them rhymed and some did not. You never wrote longer than 15 lines and always wrote Sonnet. Good writers mix up the length of their poems. Some make them very long or some can make them good short. Sonnet poems can be good, but not when it is a Sonnet everytime. Writing sonnet poems for all of your poems is not very creative and it does not fit into my textbook.

So I have wrote this letter to you saying that you are a very talented poet, but I have to not accept you onto my list of writers for my textbook. I am sure that you will get many acceptances to other books because you do have good work.




























Many major authors and poets works have to do with superstition including ghost and mystery stories. Ghost stories give readers a reason to keep reading. You want to know what happens next. Some authors are better at making the superstitions seem real than others. In Margaret Oliphant's, "The Open Door", she makes you think of how certain places can have ghosts and that they are real.

In Oliphant's story she makes you believe that there are places that can be haunted and that ghosts do exist. In her story she lets you know that not all people will believe in ghosts unless they have an occurance with one. Oliphant tries to keep the story a mystery to have the reader interested and want to read on to see if the ghosts are real.

"The Open Door" was written in 1881. The story takes place in Scotland, and is for a British audience. It is a quiet country setting in the 18th century. The story tells that in the time many people had questions about if ghosts were real. There was not much information and technology, but even today there is questions from some on if ghosts may be real.

This work has been read by many different types of people going back over 100 years. The readers may have changed their opinion on the story as it got older and people knew more about them. "The Open Door" and stories like it are not taken as seriously today and it is believed to be a fictional subject. It should be taken serious because of the time it was written and the place.

Annie Coghill was a critic of Margaret Oliphant and spoke very highly of her. She tells how she wrote about suspense and she was at the top of excellence with the greatest novelists. She wrote long and short, and wrote about a variety of different topics gives her a known name in British Literature. "The Open Door" was just one of the many stories written by her.