English 10: Writing Portfolio

Essay the first: Origins  
Essay the second: Literature  
  It all started in 1965 on 27 Hutchinson Street, Dorchester. My father Jack and his brother Mike attempted to give there dog “Gunny” a bath. This story shows that sometimes things got a little out of hand in my family’s house.

It had been raining out the day before and this resulted in the back yard being wet and muddy. Like every other morning the dog went outside to go to the bathroom. On this particular day Gunny decided to roll around in a puddle of mud, covering himself completely with a thick coat of black gunk . My grandmother ,a neat freak could not stand to see a spot of dirt on anything. After seeing the dog she suggested to the boys that they give Gunny a bath thinking that this would clean things up. Little did she know that this would only make matters worse, much worse. They brought Gunny into the house and put him into the tub. They then proceeded to turn the water on, as soon as the cold water hit the dog he went crazy. Gunny jumped out of the tub and ran out the bathroom door. The boys were screaming and chasing the dog franticly. Gunny continued to run all over the house leaving a trail of mud throughout the no longer clean house The house looked like a tornado had passed through. My grandmother “now hysterical” ran around trying to catch Gunny. As she chased after him she slipped on the hardwood floor and landed in a puddle of mud. Everyone in the house was screaming and trying to catch the dog. The dog then went into my grandmothers room and shook his body, sending mud all over the white interior. The boys finally tackled the dog and put him outside. This time they decided to just use the hose to clean him off. My dad and his brother learned a very valuable lesson that day. Never bring a big muddy dog into a spotless house and try to give him a bath, especially a cold water bath.

I learned that things could get a little crazy in my dads house growing up . This story also taught me that you cannot always be so uptight about everything. Sometimes you should just have to “loosen up”, and go with the flow.























Dear Alfred Lord Tennyson, My name is Brian Walsh, I am the editor of the Prentice Hall Literature, the English tradition textbook. I am very sorry to notify you that you, along with your work will not be welcome back into our 2005-2006 edition of are textbook. This decision was very clear. Here at Prentice Hall, we only have room for the best writers in the world. Clearly Alfred, you do not meet are standards. We believe that a good text book should consist of clear and understandable work. Also, that all of the work inside is the best. Throughout this letter I will be explaining to you why you will not be invited back to our text book next year.

Alfred, you work does not make any sense. This is a primary reason why you will not be invited to our textbook next year. In your poem entitled "Ulysses" you run on and on with no meaning and destination. At the same you make no sense in your poem, you write " that hoards, and sleeps and feed no not me I cannot rest from travel: I drink." This makes no sense, no sophomore in high school would understand what you are trying to say in this poem.

You poems are extremely long. This takes up a lot of valuable space in our text book. Your poems are so long it is almost impossible to stay focused and interested in you, and your work. You lose the reader constantly, we want are authors to grab the attention of our readers and keep it throughout the poem. Your work does not do this at all.

Many people also agree what I am telling you rite now. Robert Bernard of Autumn 98 (pg669) said "Alfred lord Tennyson is the stupidest of English poets." If you want to be in our text book you must improve your work. We want you to make it a hard decision for whom to put in our books. So far in you career as a poet you have not done this. Alfred I see a lot of potential in you but as of rite now your work needs a great amount of improvement. Thank you for your time.





















Over the years there have been many pieces of british literature that involve superstition. British literature is effected by superstition in many different ways. Some pieces may involve ghosts, curses, wich craft, and bad luck. A well known author that often includes these topics is Charles Dickens. Many of these stories tend to get us to infact believe in superstition. One such work is The March Of The Ghosts, by Vincent Godfrey Burns.

The March Of The Ghosts was written in the 20th century. This poem covers many topics that involve superstition, death, ghosts and war. An example of this would be, " uproaring , imploaring, these soldiers are ghosts, are the broken and the bleeding the battle hosts. This poem encourages us to believe in things like marching ghosts. Another example would be, " these marching hosts are an endless collum of marching ghosts." Like the previous quote thisline encourages us to believe in ghosts.

This Poem tells us many different things about the 20th century British society. One thing that this poem tells us is that all fallen soldiers are portrayed as headless, bloody and gory. This poem also tells us that the society did infact believe in the afterlife and ghostly charecters. During the 20th century the world wars were occuring so all of the soldiers that had died are portrayed like this. Clearly the war effected the societys views on superstition and the afterlife.

Even though this poem has many good ideas and thoughts it still is not taken seriously. There are many reasons for this, for one noone has ever eye witnessed something like this. Two, this poem is not exactly logical and realistic, all of the topics are fictional. There are some reasons why it should infact be taken seriously. One reason is that war is infact bloody and gory so many of these soldiers would actually look as described in the poem. Another reason it that war is a very serious topic and is not to be taken lightly.

Throughout the many years of British literature there have been many poems involing superstition. The March of the Ghosts is clearly one of these poems, Alec Grill wrote an artical entitled All at Sea? The survival of superstition , this artical stated , "The New Encyclopaedia Britannica concluded that 'superstition has been deeply influential in world history." Burns was a very superstitious poet who portrayed this openly.



































The English language consists of over 850,000 words. Over the years this extremely vast and complicated language has transformed immensely. Although this language has helped the world in many ways, judging by our present outlook on English it’s clear to see that the English language is only hurting our society and the world. By closely examining the history, roots, definitions, and usages of the word marine, I will prove to you how this language is only hurting us. Even by looking at the roots and definitions of the word “marine” one can see how its usage in the world today is not helping matters.

The American Heritage Student Dictionary gives the roots for the word marine as coming from the Latin root mare and marinus. The word net 2003 Princeton university edition gives the word marine as coming from the old English root marin. The American heritage dictionary defines this word as, of or relating to the sea. Also as a noun, troops that serve on sea ass well as land, specifically The United States Marine Corpse. While the Webster’s dictionary defines this word as of or relating to shipping navigation. This simple variety of definitions and sources already shows us how complicated, complex and elaborate a simple word like this can be. Throughout history my word marine has been used thousands of times. The first time this word was ever written down was sometime around 1313. Bristol and Gloucs Archaeol, said, “John ate Maryne.” At this time the word was used as a coast or shore and a seafront of a town. Regarding the other definitions and forms of this word in 1672 S. Taylor said, “those marines of whom I soe oft have wrote to you behaved themselves stoutly.” This was used as a soldier originally trained to serve on a ship, now a member of the British Marines or U.S. Marine Corps. The word marine today has come to be defined commonly as a member of the USMC, however over the years it is clear to see that the word has many different meanings and also been used in many different ways.

Despite being over 650 years old, the word marine is still used widely throughout everyday conversation. After interviewing numerous people about what there definition of the word marine is it’s clear to see that marine has come to have mainly one definition. This definition is basically a soldier. My father John Walsh, a former member of the USMC and Vietnam veteran said “a marine is a member of the armed forces of the United States of America, prepared to fight war on land air and sea.” Joseph Klinder a resident of New Jersey said that, “a marine is a soldier that shaves his head.” And Michael McCarthy a sophomore at the prestigious Catholic Memorial high school said, “A marine is the protector of my country.” By looking on how this word is commonly used in speech once can presume that the English language has become too simple. Its words have come to have one common definition with a persons own spin on the particular word. The English language is only hurting our society as demonstrated here.

Throughout history the word marine has been used in literature thousands of times. In 1843 in The Bible of Spain II on page 285, G. BORROW said, “to this inconsiderable amount of vessels in the present war marine of Spain reduced.” Once again the word is being used as only having to do with military and combat. Although it seems that there has only been one main definition for this word there are also many more. This word also means of or relating to the sea, such as marine biology. M. Roberts first used this type of the word in 1835. He said, “The sea-side companion; or. Marine natural history. The word was also used in the form of painting or sculpture depicting the sea. This form of the word has not been used as widely as the others; in fact it has only been used approximately eight times from 1701 to 2005. In 1992 Southwest art said, “72/1 wildlife and marine sculpture. Another form of this word not so oftenly used is climate influence by the sea. Like some of the other forms of this word it has only been used around five times in history according to the oxford English dictionary. In 1983 H.J. Critchfield said, “The characteristics location of the marine climate is on the west coasts of continents.” As you all can clearly see there is only one main definition of this word that is most commonly used. The others have only been used around five to ten times throughout the history of literature.

Since 1999 there have only been around 2 new uses of the word marine. The first new usage is a hyphenated version. Peter Reina of the ENR or engineering news records says , “Among marine-based renewables, two 5-MW wind demonstration generators 23 kilometers off Caithness are probably the most advanced.” This version of the word is being used to describe engineering and renewable power. The next new usage is used as a beauty product. By there being only two new defitions it just shows how one sided thie word has become and is only hurting the world today.

There are many usages of the word marine throughout the English language. However there is only one main definition, a soldier. This shows how the English language has become too simple. After looking at the roots, definitions and usages of the word marine its clear to see that the word is only hurting the world today.