English 10: Writing Portfolio
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Looking for the oldest text in my family was a lot harder than i had ever planned.  First I asked my Aunt Roe if she had anything old that my grandparents might have written a little ways back, but  I had no luck.  Then I was pretty sure I was going to get something from my aunt Maureen from my other grandparents, not a thing.  It was getting late and finally my mom found something. It was a letter to my mother from her aunt and it was written in August 17, 1980.
   This letter was very interesting to me.  It was not on a regular peice of paper and didn't have any lines. It was on a little peice of paper, and was almost like it should be put  away to keep forever and that was exactly what happened.  When I started reading it to myself I was in a state of pain or even sorrow for my mother, as well as her aunt.  The letter explained to my mother the siezures her aunt was having at night and how close she was to death.  It also metioned a card coming to my mother for her birthday.  The very important and sad words my mothers aunt used to her was "If I dont see you as planned you will get your birthday card on the 21st."  
  This letter was significant because it meant a lot to my mother.



























The speech I chose was from "Brave Heart."  This movie was filmed in 1995. Screen writer Randall Wallace writes a speech about how the Scottish are going to fight for their land against their enemies, the English.  
   One of my favorite quotes by Randall Wallace in the speech is, "What will you do without freedom?"  This quote shows power not to give up. If you do your freedom will be lost.  Also if you have no freedom you don't control your life and could end up dead.  So, if you never stop wanting that freedom your bound to be powerful.  Randall Wallace basically writes this to tell people to run your own lives and don't let other people run it for you.  
   Randall Wallace use other facinating words in his writings.  He writes "Fight and you may die, run and you'll live at least a while."  This is a trick in his writing called parallelism.  Both choices result in death. I think Randall Wallace would think most people would rather fight for freedom and die, then to run and still end up dead.  They are two choices that sound the same but one could make a difference, such as "Fight and you may die."  This chioce has a better chance to end with freedom than to end up dead.  
   The speech by Randall Wallace is beyond its time, but one qoute explains it all, "You may take our lives but you will never take our freedom."  It resembles the 9-11 attacks, because our enemy's can take the Americans lives but never our freedom.  Americans will fight these terrorists and defeat them, to keep our freedom.














One of the most fasinating writers was William Blake, he lived during the late eighteenth century to early nineteenth century.  I chose his poem "The Smile."  Some of William Blake's other greatest works were The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, Song of Innocence, and London.  Three main focuses that William Blake could not express better in his poems is rhyme scheme, repitition, and theme.
   In "The Smile" William Blake uses very interesting words to make a rhyme scheme.  Throughout the  stanzas the rhyme scheme is abcb.  In the first stanza: "There is a Smile of LOVE, And there is a Smile of DECEIT, And there is a Smile of SMILES, In which these two Smiles MEET."  That is how William Blake use rhyme scheme throughout the poem "The Smile."
   William Blake likes to use repitition in "The Smile."  In the first stanza he likes to repeat the word "Smile."  When he uses the word "Smile" he explains how a smile is very pleasant to a person.  William Blake also repeats the word "Frown" in the second stanza.  When he is talking about a "Frown" he explains how it is a bad feeling and is disruptive in a persons life.
   Theme is a very key role in "The Smile."  William Blake is saying that you can frown and have a lot of hate in your life but that can change.  He basically is saying there is one thing in a person life that can end misery and that is a "Smile."  Two lines by William Blake that is a good example of this is: "But when it once is Smild, Theres an end to all Misery."
   William Blake was one of the best writers of all of the eighteenth and nineteenth century.  His poem "The Smile" is an example of  many tricks that can be used in a poem such as rhyme scheme, repitition, and theme.
































There are so many words to describe the 20th and 21st century, but the best words would have to be "The Advanced Age."  There are only so many great songs, poems, short stories, novels, and plays that have been in the 20th and 21st century, but the most fascinating song is "The Scientist" by Cold Play, poem is "The Thought Fox" by Ted Hughes, short storie is "Author!" by P.G. Wodehouse, novel is "Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets" by J.K. Rowling, and play is "The Foxhole" by Eric Ferguson.
   The song "The Scientist" by Cold Play is one of Cold Plays biggest hits.  When Cold Play says  "Come up to meet you, Tell you I'm sorry, You don't know how lovely you are." They are basically saying how much they love this person and don't ever want to let them go.  This song is appropriate for anyone to listen too, it is very melo and pleasing to the mind.  Just the name of the song "The Scientist" is very Adavanced and thats why it easily fits into "The Advanced Age."  
   "The Thought Fox" by Ted Hughes is a very extrodinary poem.  "Cold, delicately as the dark snow, A foxís nose touches twig, leaf."  This qoute just tells how admired Ted Hughes is about the wonder of nature.  This poem is told that someone is looking out there window and sees a lovely fox, you get the impression of how bueatiful nature really is.  This is an adanced poem because thre is so much to learn about nature.
   Out of all the great short stories there are i chose "Author!" by P.G. Wodehouse.  "I should risk it," this is a great line because if you don't risk anything nothing will happen to you in life.  In "Author!" P.G. Wodehouse is telling people to risk something to benefit fom another thing.  This is an advanced short story because it involves modern day things like Telegraphs.
   "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" by J.K. Rowling was a book with so many great ideas.  This second book by J.K. Rowling was interesting, Harry Potter couldnt stand the Dursley family so he coiuldn't wait to get back to Hogwarts School for witchcraft and wizardy.  When he got there disaster struck and they couldn't figure it out.  Harry Potter was a very advanced book because they do stuff in the book that can't really be down now.
   A great play is "The Foxhole" by Eric Ferguson, very funny.  "Jones? Hey, are you that gay guy?"
This is very funny because this man Jones pretends hes gay when its just him and Johnson, but when there is someone else around he acts normal.  This play takes place in a foxhole or a bunker in the war.  This play is very advanced because it deals with women being in the war battle which just resently has happened.













Life can't be great with out having some fun.
It brings upon you challenges ahead.
You're almost like the bright and shining sun,
Though life will finally end when you are dead;
But if youíre faithful you will go to heaven,
Thatís were the fun begins to start again.
It is so that God rested on day seven.
If we go to heaven we are true men.
In gods world we see great people we love.
And life will go on forever and e'er.
Up in the sky we fly like soft white doves,  
We will not at all die again, never!
Thatís when we will be in a world of peace,
Life will be where it should be past decease.