English 10: Writing Portfolio
|Essay the first: Origins|
|Essay the second: Literature|
In about 4 B.T. (before Tyler) there was my father and he had a day that he’ll never forget. You can say it involved him a cop, a bird, and my dad coursing on the highway. You can say the bird is no longer living. It is a day that I will never forget now because it showed me a different side of my Dad.
Now in about 4 B.T. it was a nice sunny day with the birds chirping. My Dad was driving a black Toyota pickup truck. He was going pretty fast I guess. He also had a cop behind him. Then all of a sudden a bird hit my Dad's windshield. It was one of those little birds. It died and stayed on the windshield so my Dad turned on his wipers to get the bird off. The bird landed on the cop’s car. Then a few seconds later the cop turned on his lights and pulled my Dad over. It was a guy my Dad went to high school with, the cop. So they started talking and asking how they are doing and stuff. Then he goes to my Dad and says "I have to give you a ticket." Then my Dad said, "Are you serious?" He said "Ya." Then my Dad asked "For What?" He said "For flipping me the bird!"
There are many things you have to learn and things you just realize. I have learned that everyone has a story to tell, and everyone has a good time. From this story, I see a different side of my father and that he too has had fun, and that many people are alike in different ways. That is what I have learned from this story.
Dear Mr. Robert Browning, On behalf of Prentice Hall Literature, we are sorry to inform you, Mr. Browning, that we will not be using your work in our book any longer. We are forced to cut back and we are sorry it has to be you. We feel that your work has no value to it, all your works talk about death or killing someone, and there is nothing being taught or learned from your work. You also have recently received a lot of publicity from your wife’s poetry success.
One problem with your work is it doesn’t have any value. You do not have any unique trait to your work. There is nothing to make you better in any aspects of any other poet. You are a good poet. You have good rhyme scheme. You do not rhyme very well like in Love Among the Ruins the word you rhyme are so simple nothing great about it. You rhyme smiles and miles. You’re just an ordinary good poet with nothing special to offer.
Another problem we have with your work is all of it talks about death. Considering the book will be going out to high school kids we don’t want to be provoking violence and death. In My Last Duchess you wrote, “I gave a commands then all smile stopped together. There she stands as if a live”. Every one that’s reads your poem knows that you are talking about death. It is a little creepy when the poet’s poems are all about death or killing someone.
We also do not like that your work does not give a lesson or teach anything. Other authors have thing taught about life in their work. You end your story with nothing to it. It random in My Last Duchess, “Taming a sea horse, thought a rarity, which caus of innsbruck cast in for bronze” We thing the high school kids should be learning something when they read the work also.
Robert Browning you are a good poet, but we feel the thing your work provides is not going to help us sell our book. Your work would be very boring to a teenage student. In an article we read your work was credited but not in a way that we wanted for our text book. “Robert Browning has never been a poet for a casual or lazy reader” said by Aubrey, Bryant, Magil book review, The Life of Robert Browning: A Critical Biography Clyde de L Ryals (1994). And we feel high school students are casual or lazy readers when it comes to poetry. So we than you for your offer but we are sorry that we have to reject your work. Sincerely, Tyler Medeiros, PHD Editor in Chief, Prentice Hall Literature
British literature has some great superstitious work. There are works like “Macbeth” by William Shakespeare, and Alford Lyrod Tennyson’s “Lady of Shallot”. There are some other great superstitious works that are not know and don’t always get the credit they deserve. Pat Friend is a good superstitious writer, one example is his story Finn Mac Cumhail and the Giant Causeway. The story is about a giant. This story isn’t a very popular story outside England and Ireland because it is an explanatory story, of how the geographical landscape evolved.
The story begins with a giant named Bendadonner who could not swim. He wanted to challenge another giant in Ireland to a proper gigantic challenge. So Finn, the opposing giant from Ireland, threw gigantic volcanic rocks to make the actual Giant’s Causeway. Benandonner came to Ireland and saw Finn disguised as a baby. Benandonner thought that Finn must be astronomically huge if his baby was as large as a giant already. Benandonner took off back to England, as he was retreating Finn threw dirt at him and made islands and a lake.
In the story Fin Mac Cumhail and the Giant Causeway makes us think that the Giant’s Causeways was made by actual Giants because of the name and you think of a Giant being able to do things bigger that us. “He picked up wads of dirt and began throwing them at the fleeing Benandonner.” The story also tells us that people make up stories to explain things they didn’t understand. At the time of the writing of this story people didn’t have science and knowledge to explain things so they would make up stories to explain the unexplained to them. It is serious to them because it made sense to them. The believed in Giant’s and that they can do things like us just in bigger ways.
It should be take serious then because it explained things for the people and that’s all that mattered to them. They would see a giant as an incredible creature. If they believed in miracles thing by people like Jesus why wouldn’t an incredible creature be able to do such a thing. Pat Friend is a superstitious writer and people think he is a “Great Fable Writer.” “Superstition however shows no sign of receding.” People enjoy what he writes; his writing makes sense to the readers of his time. His writing is easily understood, and went a long way to explain the geographically phenomena of England and Ireland without scientific data to explain the Causeway, islands and lake formation.
The English language has a wide span of vocabulary. There are a lot of words that have different meanings and a lot of words that have the same meaning. This language is hard enough for people that English is their first language. I couldn’t imagine learning it as a second language. There are also words constantly being added to the language. They may add words from other languages, many that help, but there are several other words from other languages that make it more difficult to learn and understand. One example is stealth an English word that is one of the easier English words.
Stealth means “the act of moving, proceeding or acting in a covert” according to the American Heritage Dictionary. The Medical Dictionary defines it as “avoiding detection by moving carefully.” Leap Frog Dictionary defines stealth as “a furtive or secret action.” As you can see these definitions are all similar because it is probably Middle English. This word has most likely been around for a while so it is pretty easy to define.
Stealth is a Middle English word, it was first used in the year, 1250. Though there wasn’t a dictionary in 1250. Stealth was usually spelled stelth, but when first used it was spelled stale. After that it started to be used right soon after. The word stealth unlike a lot of other words has had the same meaning for as long as it and been around. There have been minor additions that are all known as the same idea as stealth. One of the basic definition was, “the action or practice of stealing or taking secretly and wrongfully; theft”
The English language has words that can be used as several parts of speech. It’s another part of English to make writing more difficult. There are words can be helpful or harmful. The word stealth is one word that can be used as a noun or an adjective, according to the American Heritage dictionary. The word stealth has the same meaning when it used as an adjective and a noun. Some words have different meaning for different parts of speech.
The word stealth is a word that is not used very often, but I assure you it is a much needed word. It was used by Shakespeare in 1605 in “Hog in sloth, foxe in stealth.” Pope another great writer uses stealth in 1738. He said “Let humble Allen... Do good by stealth, and blush to find it famer stealth unto this word.” Stealth later used by Coleridge in 1800. He used stealth as the compound word up like many other writers. It was not used this way often, “What import the silent nods and gestures which stealthwise thou exchangost with her?”
If English isn’t hard enough yet, will get ready for this. There are new meaning of words being used everyday in magazines, and other written material. Take this for example, we know that the word stealth in our own words generally meant to be sneaky or sneaking in doing something or taking something. About a year ago Stealth was used as a type of mission in “My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancees” by Steven Bailey. It was a way “to embarrass-nay”. Then recently in “Quick Clips” (V24)(Issue 8) in PC Magazine used the word to mean strength, “Play as 1 of 2 characters, Octavianus, who relies on stealth.” They just want to make life harder.
The word stealth an old English word, so it is probably one of the easier words because its not from another language and its origin is English. If you found this word difficult I suggest you stop now because it is only going to get harder. Then there are words you never even heard of .