English 10: Writing Portfolio
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           One day while I was in the basement, my mom came downstairs and I asked her about any old letters she still may have had. She said no, but at that moment I remembered the old Grammar book my mom used when she was young and living in Nigeria, so I figured I could get something out of that. Little did I know that I was about to find something more interesting. While searching for the book in my parent's room, I came across another pile of books, and randomly picked out one that was called " The Measure of a Man". I saw a few papers sticking out of it and opened to the indented pages. I ended up finding an old piece of paper in there, and as I read it,  I found out that it was a letter from my older sister, who at that time was still living in Nigeria, and was just learning how to speak and write English(because when I read it it didn't make much sense).The letter was written to my dad, and talked about how she was becoming miserable with living in Nigeria and how she wanted to come to America and live with my mom and dad. When I told my dad about my discovery, he became a little uncomfortable about letting me use it, but afterwards he gave it to me.




























              Geoferry Chaucer was also known as the father of English literature. Living from c.1343-1400, Chaucer proves this to us through his poems. "The Cook's Tale", of the Canterbury Tales written by Chaucer, is a good example of his knowledge of the literary arts. I shall show you his knowledge later on in my essay.
                The Cook's Tale is a short story of a cook's aprentice by the name of Perkin Reveller. Chaucer's poem goes on to give us a good description of what this aprentice is all about."He was as full of love, I may aver, As is a beehive full of honey sweet..."(1). This direct quote tells us that Perkin was a pleasant man who wouldn't purposely do anything wrong to another person. This is why I like Chaucer's poem, because even though he used Middle English to write the poem,  his wording style doesn't completly confuse the person reading it. We also learn that Perkin liked to gamble in the 22rd and 23rd lines of the poem, "Who better knew the way to throw the dice Than Perkin; and therefore he was right free..."(1). These are things that can easily be picked up while reading.
                      The Cook's Tale uses a simple rhyme scheme of couplets, or pairs of lines that rhyme with each other.This is an example of how he uses it,"But at the last his master did take thought,Upon a day, when he his ledger sought..."(2).This is a very interesting because he uses this same couplet system in most of the Canterbury Tales, and this has never been used by any other poet before him. But the very fact that it is composed of couplets makes it somewhat easier to read than a poem that uses a random rhyme scheme.
                       Another device that Chaucer seems to use well is metaphor."Brown as a berry, short, and thickly made..."(1). Such metaphors add to the imagery of the poem. You can easily decipher the objective of this quote, the cook is trying to tell us that Perkin is small and chunky. This is yet again another reason why I chose this poem and poet. The metaphors used in this poem really help you see what the poet is talking about.
                        Onward to the plot, the main point of this story is about how the cook releases his aprentice because he believes that Perkin will mess up business if he doesn't, as shown in this line,"Better take rotten apple from the hoardThan let it lie to spoil the good ones there."So with a drunken servant should it fare;It is less ill to let him go, apace,Than ruin all the others in the place."(2). And at the end Perkin is released from his duties as a lowly aprentice. That is what happened in the Cook's Tale.
                      In conclusion, Geoferry Chaucer truly was the father of English literature. His rhyme scheme was unique, along with his stories, and those same stories go on to later influence other writers. That is my essay on Geoffery Chaucer's, The Cook's Tale.




































I would like to submit a unit chapter to

this British Literature book called the Decade of

Industry. I believe this is the best title to give this

unit because during the late 20th century the world

was just begining to take its first steps at a more

futuristic world. There was new technology that was

introduced to society and new methods of travel. But

enough about that, let me tell you more about this

unit. There are various pieces of British Literarture

that I would like to include in this unit, 5 of them

being comprised of a song, short story, poem, a

play, and a novel. They are, "Homage to Catolonia"

written by George Orwell, "The Hug" written by

Thom William Gunn, "Oliver!" directed by Graham

Gill, and "Wild Horses" from the album Sticky

fingers by The Rolling Stones. Now let me explain

these works.

First there is the novel, " Homage to

Catolonia." One thing about George Orwell is the

fact that he never writed a story without there being

some meaning in that perticular story. "Homage to

Catalonia" is no different. This novel was written as

a personal account of Orwell's to talk about some

of the things that occured in the Spanish Civil War.

This is one of the books that made him become well-

known in Britain and America. This is a good work to

put in the book because as Danny Yee's Book

reviews says, " Not only is it a vivid description from

the view of an ordinary soldier of one of the most

significant political events of the century,it is also

one of the most realistic portrayals ever of what war

is actually like at the front line."(1) I believe that

this book opened the eyes of many reader to realize

what war is really like. That is one piece of British

Literarture that should be included in this Book.

By the year 2004 music became an

important factor in human life. One of the most

popular forms of music in Britain just happened to

be Rock music. This is because of a musical

revolution that occured in the late 20th century, lead

by Rock bands such as The Beatles. But in my

opiniun, the most influential to the British music was

the Rolling Stones. The Rolling Stones, who came

together in 1962, produced what is said to be their

best album, Sticky Fingers, in 1971. One of the

songs on that Album is called Wild Horses. I chose

Wild Horses as a song to be in this book because its

message is that you should never give up on love,

which is something that all people understand.