English 10: Writing Portfolio

Essay the first: Origins  
Essay the second: Literature  
  This comedic story is mainly about my uncle but also relates somewhat to the rest of my family. I had come up with this story from pulling it out of my mother. In which she was to embarrased to let people know how wild her brother was. But, yet she was not embarrased to admit how fun it was to see this incident occur. The funniest story of my family dates back to about 20 years before i was born; and when my family knew when to boogy on down and party. It had taken place within a small rusty old barely standable house that smelt like raw fish at my grandmothers. In which all of my aunts, uncles, and my parents had crammed in on top of each other to celebrate and party on the holiday known as Christmas. In this case mt grandmother had placed a heavy duty dusty ornamented tree in her living room that was infested with bugs and spider webs. So, my uncle Bobby was about 22 years old at the time but had weighed about 140 pounds and so he had literally crawled into the trashy tree and had sat inside on the branches. In which he then stuck out both of his hands and feet out the sides of the tree and had then proceeded to shake it and sing "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas", to make it look like that the tree had batteries and it was singing and dancing. Until, last year my uncle had tried to fullfill his tradition once again; but after gaining a few pounds weighing in at about 220 as he climbed in the tree it had just gave up on him and he hit the floor like a pile of bricks almost taking down the whole house with him. After writing essay the first I believe that this mainly reveals that my family knows how to have a good time. In which case from growing up my whole life around them I to have inherided a funny and fun side to myself as well.














Dear Alfred Lord, Tennyson,

I believe that a well-written poem should excite a student’s interest. The students must understand the main point of the poem with the use of familiar vocabulary within your short poetic writings. This will keep the students interested so they will not become distracted or boared. After emphasizing on what I believe a good poem should be; I have to sadly inform you why your poetry will not be entered into the 2005-2006 literacy book for next years sophomore class.

I would like to start by critiquing the length of one of your poems, which is “The Lady of Shalott”. I believe that a lengthy poem can greatly affect the way a student comprehends your work. A short poem will hold a student’s interest and the reading will not be tiresome.

The second problem that I found with your poetry is your theme, as did Steve Mirsky from EBSCO.com. We believe that your theme was mainly focused on heroism. By having heroism as your main focus, you display a sense of having only one viewpoint of the world, which limits your life experience. As you did in your poem “In Memoriam” on page 797 line twelve by quoting “to dance with death, to beat the ground”. So, I suggest that you broaden your horizon and experiment with life and different themes, which will make your poetry writing more successful.

In conclusion, if you utilize my suggestions and try different steps in improving your poetry, I am sure that you will be published in our 2006-2007-literacy book again. I apologize that you have to read this letter but I wish you the best of luck.

Sincerely, Dan Adjemian
















































Superstition is a major theme of many literal works, such as an outstanding piece of writing known as Macbeth in which portrays this theme. There are many different approaches about one beginning to write the theme of superstition. As a work that not many of read, one poem that portrays a large theme of superstition is titled “GHOSTS” by an 18th century writer named Joseph Campbell.

This small piece of work written by Joseph Campbell, attracts the readers attention to believe that the dead will start to come alive and will eventually turn into ghosts that will take over the earth; in which case portrays the theme of mythical allusion and superstition. This is shown towards the middle of the poem; “The living dead must surely mind.” In which portrays how the ghosts are created and what they will eventually be able to do in the living world.

These superstitions had mainly revealed that at the time this poem was written, British people and their society had believed in ghosts as well as the things that they can haunt. A while back in the 1800’s and 1900’s inside of England and Ireland old abandoned castles were haunted by ghosts that had come back over centuries to haunt those that die in the castle, and to eventually take their souls which will turn them into pure evilness.

Overall, this work has not necessarily been taken seriously enough because it is so old, and many people overlook the fact that ghosts are fake. But, the fact of the matter is, ghosts are not fake because they do exist and will come back from the dead souls that have been in certain places at specific times. And when they do come back they haunt the ones that have taken their place, in which they have spent their whole lives.

A critic by the name of Michael Adler from the national reviews says, “Although myths have poetical truth, the kind of truth all made-up stories have, they do not have the factual and logical truth to be found in historical narratives and in bodies of scientific knowledge”. This relates to the way in which Joseph Campbell had written about his ghosts and his mythical allusions.



























As for the English language some may consistently argue that its growth throughout the entire world has only contributed to making matters go worse. Because of this, the world has suffered politically, culturally, economically, and morally. Today, in the 20th century the majority of the world speaks or can at least understand the English language. Considering, that English is probably one of the most influential languages in the world. Although, this language may seem that it comes across easy, that is false! English is proven throughout the world to be one of the hardest languages that one could ever teach or speak to another human being. With both these arguments stated, I will now begin to talk about how one of 800,000 words in the English language known as “ladder” can make us to become more truly human.

Throughout the English language only about one sixth of the known old English words have surviving descendants today. About half of the most commonly used words in the English language relate to one another in a certain way. Old English, whose best-known surviving example is Beowulf, stands out in history since the time of the 1100’s. Through time of early, middle, modern, and late English comes American English. Here in 1600 A.D., the English colonized North America and the subsequent creation of a distinct American dialect. With this historical event, everyone today now speaks English and occasionally uses a word known as “ladder”.

What is a ladder? Well, after researching in various places for this spectacular word I have come up with three helpful resources to help me prove my point on how a ladder helps world progress. As said from my first source of information dictionary.com a ladder is an “often portable structure consisting of two long sides crossed by parallel rungs used to climb up and down”. Leading onto my second reliable source from the 2004 edition of The American Heritage College Dictionary, it explains that a ladder is a “structure consisting of two long sides, crossed by parallel rungs, used to climb up and down”. And the my last source of information comes from the Macmillan School Dictionary in which generally refers to the ladder as “some kind of a structure made of two long side pieces joined together by a series of crosspieces or rungs, used for climbing”. This word “ladder’ had generally come form the middle and old English route spelled “hlaeder”. Believe it or not this word is extremely helpful to world progress within the most dominating language on earth today.

A close friend of mine by the name of Jake Sillins explains that the “hero such as a firefighter comes to mind when he hears the word ladder”. This is so because this tool is generally used to climb up a house of some sort to save somebody’s life during a raged out of control fire. The second reason in which the tool known as a ladder contributes to helping world progress is because “it is used by construction workers”, as Kevin Day had specified. Kevin says, “That they use this to build houses and places where people could live in comfort, so that they do not need to live out on the street”. And the last humanly source of the word “ladder” is from my father Robert Adjemian. He had explained that when the word ladder comes to mind it does not always need to be considered as a tool. “It could be seen as a means of ascent or descent within your lifetime. So, one could possibly use this to help reach higher goals or standards in their life”. This is how the word ladder had progressively influenced the world today and had contributed to helping others and myself become much more human.

There is not just one tense of the word ladder there is also a verb tense as I have mostly concentrate on its noun form. The verb of ladder, as all used the same way in my three dictionary sources is used as to become unraveled or undone as if by snagging. This is probably most reluctant considering that it was based off of its main root known as “lad”.

As the English language has its own history so do every single one of the words within this language. As stated from the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) the word ladder was officially welcomed into the English language around the time of 971 C.E. The OED explains that as a noun the word ladder “is an appliance made of wood, metal, or rope, usually portable, consisting of a series of bars also known as rungs or steps that are fixed between two supports, by means of which one may ascend to or descend from any certain height”. As a verb the word ladder is introduced as “to fire shots as in a ladder or straight line” specifying bullets that were being fired at a target off of a Naval ship.

You know as the word ladder can be spoken in speech in any manor or tone at anytime, it was used in various special pieces of literature. The verb tense of ladder was first seen in 991 C.E., in a piece of literature written by Blickl in the book of Hom on page 209. Then the second time it was referenced was in c1000 by Aelfric Gen., in xxviii on page 12. As I have said there is both a noun and verb definition of this word, the first time anyone has witnessed the word ladder as a verb was in the book known as Pirates of the Sea, on page 100.

As well as the OED was produced and set up for the history and welcoming of an English word into the English language, there is just some meanings that it had not yet come across. But, I have the solution to that! From a research writer by the name of Gad wrote an article on SELF-CONSISTENT TREATMENT OF THE SELF-ENERGY IN NUCLEUR MATTER. Within this article he says that “Using the self-consistent self-energy, the hole and particle self-consistent spectral functions including the particle –particle and hole-hole ladder contributions in nuclear matter are calculated using realistic NN interactions. We have found that the hole-hole ladder brought about non-negligible contributions to the nuclear matter binding energy per nucleon”. Leading onto my second new definition of the word ladder from an article written by two authors by the names of Jin-Shyan Lee and Pau-LO Hsu write of A systematic approach for the sequence controller design in manufacturing systems. With this said these two authors explain how the ladder logic diagram or (LLD) can be transformed from the SPNC through he token passing logic (TPL).

Overall, I strongly believe that throughout all languages, no matter what the word is it can still help to benefit the world in a certain way. In this case the word is “ladder” and throughout all the research present in this report I have come to the conclusion that it is a help to world progress today, and will grow to become a bigger help further down the line in time.









































Medieval Translation: Jesus, my Sweet Love

Jesus Christ, my lemon sweet
That died on the road tree
With all my might I will request upon
For my wounds two and three,
That also fast not my love
Into my fixed heart be
As my heart was speared
And when I suffered my death.