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 It was the 22nd of April '86 when my mom had just started to write a letter for an english teaching she enrolled in. It was the first time she wrote a letter in English.
    When I asked my mom whether she had a piece of writing from the last 10 or 20 years she quickly answered no. Then I asked my dad and he said while packing boxes to move he found 1 of my mom's old notebooks. It was used when she just moved from Haiti to the US. Interestingly a couple weeks in America she enrolled for a English teaching class in Downtown Boston. Inside the dilapitated notebook was one letter barely intact. It was homework assigned by my mom's English teacher, in which she had to write a page letter about her occupation using all the words they had just learned. She wrote about everything she does on a normal day as a nurse. This is an important part of my family because it symbolizes me being the first generation born in the US.  
   I covered up certain parts of the letter that gave away the letters source,and when it was written. I then went and asked my 12 yr old sister if she could figure out who it was written by. She responded "I've already seen it" and walked away. So i then went to my aunt, who is 43 yrs old, arrived in the US a couple years after my mom. When i asked her if she knew who wrote the letter she said " Your mom because she is the only nurse in the family other than me.". I then asked her if she could figure out when it was written. She replied " It has to be 1990."  which was around the same year she came to the US. I then went back to my sister and asked how this English compares to the english she speaks now. " Very proper with some careless mistakes like missing periods and sentences that make no sense.". She then asked me if this was being displayed in a museam 20 years from now what do you think the tour guide would say. I replied " They might say uhh i guess they'd say it was a very important letter in the Jean family history."















 The speech I am doing is from the movie "Remember the Titans". It is recited by Coach Boone, who is played by Denzel Washington, to his football team. It is used to motivate the players and get them psyched up. The screenplay is by Gregory Allen Howard.    
    The speech is meant to motivate his players to play the game like men. I think the writer was trying to give the viewers a feeling of the seriousness and sympathy towards the whole team through the coach's words and expressions. The speech made me feel sympathy and want to root for the team and everybody on it. Quotes such as " I don't care if like each other or not, but you will respect each other." amplified this feeling.  
    The screenplay writer Gregory Allen Howard used a variety of tricks in the speech.  One trick he used  was the alliteration of the letter “f”.  “Fifty thousand men died right here on this field, fighting the same fight that we are still fighting among ourselves today.”. He used this to inspire and unite his players. Another trick he used  was apostrophe . Coach Boone referred to the men who died at the battle of Gettysburg. He said  “Listen to their souls, men. I killed my brother with malice in my heart.”.  
     Greg Allen Howard also used allusion by referring to the Battle of Gettysburg . He said “This is where they fought the Battle of Gettysburg “. In addition to allusion, apostrophe, and alliteration  he used metaphors such as “ This green field here, painted red, bubblin’ with the blood of young boys.”.  
     I think this speech is ahead of its time because it adresses the teamwork and unity between a group of people no matter what race or religion.     


























 The age of romanticism was a time that emerged many of the greatest writers and poets. William Wordsworth was no exception. Like all romance writers he wrote about nature, and everyday people. But one of his poems had very little to do with ordinary people. This poem is London, 1802. This is very unique because it is a letter to the dead Milton, while using common techiniques such as rhyme scheme.
    Wordsworth style of ryhme scheme in London, 1802 was very unique for his time. He accomplished this by abruptly adding and removing offset words. Unlike many other poets during the Age of Romance he did not stick to monotonous AABB pattern. An example of this is the last 4 lines in which the rhyme scheme is DECE. His use of ryhme scheme like that is present through the whole poem and most his other works.
    Elegy is another technique used in the poem. Wordsworth mourns John Milton after his death. He then compares England to nature and what it would be if Milton were still alive. Though as the poem progresses it heads towards nature and romanticism. This elegy is much like Lord Tennyson's in Memoriam, in which the poem changes its perspective as it goes along.
    The theme of the poem I think is also questionable. He writes about Milton as if he didn't die England would be a dramatically different place. He says "England hath of thee: she is a fen..."(1). He then also refers to Milton as being a great force in England's society. He says "Oh! raise up, and return to us again; And give us manners, virtue, freedom, power. I believe that Milton's death was important in literature but irrelavant in English's aspect of life.
     Another trick used by Wordsworth is metaphor. He compares England to waters. He mentions "she is a fen Of stagnant waters....". He is saying that England is wild and crazy without Milton. With that he conveys a message of  reverance and importance.
     In conclusion I think Wordsworth usage of elegy and ryhme scheme is very new and advanced for his time. I still think the theme and contents of the poem are too extreme for an elegy.   




























  The last 50 years have been considered the endgame age because of the technological weaponry advances achieved during this time. But also it inflicted a new kind of fear into the world. With this fear came a new kind of literature, war and post-war writing.  5 pieces of literary works that marked the turning point of this time includes the song "All quiet on the western front" by Elton John, the poem "Memoir, at the age of six" by Keith Barnes, the play "Waiting for Godot" by Samuel Beckett, the short story "A shocking accident" by Graham Greene, and the novel "Flaubert's parrot", Julian Barnes. These works rolled in a new age of post-war, peace and technology.
            Elton John's "All quiet on the western front" was very powerful song in the 20th century because of its historical content. It is clearly a post WWII as it described the effects and aftermath of the war. It painted a vivid picture of the outcome and Germany's fall in this horrible war. One line that portrayed this was "Ghosts float in a flooded trench as Germany dies"(13), which told the world of the bloodshed and aftereffect of this war. This was a perfect song because it rang in a new age and informed the public of the dangers of war.
           Graham Greene is one the most prominent short story writers of the Bright ages. During this time he wrote some the greatest short stories of his career. One of these short stories is "A shocking accident" from his short story book "May We Borrow Your Husband?" . This short story chronicles the life of a boy who lost his father, who he considered was a god, at a very young age due to somewhat comedic circumstances. This short story is probably based on his tour in Naples, Italy and is important because of its depiction of reality and death. Tim from the cool-reads team gave it a 4 out of 5 because of its "confronting theme and easy to read content".
            Keith Barnes, novelist/poet is one of the most all around writers of all time. He wrote about love, family, war, post-war, social criticism, death, humor, nature, and music in his poems. One poem that I think is one of his best is Memoir, at the age of six. This poem comes from his collection of poems called "born to a flying glass". This poem is post-war, telling us how one second changed a boy's life. It describes in graphic detail how a child's innocence is brutally taken from him. One of the most graphic lines in the poem is "And you and your mother and the smiling bear were shrapnelled to hell in spurting blood"(14-15). I think this poem is very moving due to its very powerful contents.
          One of the most famous play writers, Samuel Beckett lived a long and turbulent life. His experiences led him to write many plays, but without a doubt his most famous play was "Waiting for Godot" written in 1953. It is a play about two self- proclaimed tramps waiting for a man named Godot. Its complexity elevates as we are not told when he will arrive, or who he is. He never arrives and we are never told who he is even as the play ends. Metaphorically this play is supposed to grasp post-war mood of alienation and disorientation. The Times 100 “greatest entertainers’ edition” wrote "An inspiring drama that captured and inspired many of the great plays it.
         Another noteworthy story written during this time was “Flaubert’s Parrot” by Julian Barnes. Even though this story is far off from a war novel, it was worth mentioning because of its significance in contemporary times. It was one of the premier books that involved a relationship between its readers and the characters. This novel's main topics are desire, dissapointment, and death. One of its most famous quotes is "Gustave imagined he was a wild beast -- he loved to think of himself as a polar bear, distant, savage and solitary. I went along with this, I even called him a wild buffalo of the American prairie; but perhaps he was really just a parrot." (151).  This conveys his desire for the parrot to be more than just parrot. "Rivetting and mysterious, and the best use of a parrot since Long John Silver in ‘Treasure Island’." says Mick Sinclair. Even if this literary work does not represent does not epitomize war like the other works it is arguably one of the greatest British novels of the Endgame age.  
          During the endgame age, the English changed dramatically. Throughout this time the english language has transformed from conservative to racy. Even literature and what is written in publications has gotten less restricted, thanks to a more free and diverse society. Because of this many literary doors were open to many of today's greatest writers.