English 10: Writing Portfolio
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I was searching with in the past two weeks for an old piece of writing which meant something to me and my mother. Well after a couple hours invested in searching, I finally stumbled across an important piece of writing. The writing was titled "My Childhood" and it was written by my mother when she had recently arrived to America. "I was born in a village called Sta fe of Antioguia in Colombia South America"
says my mother in her first actualy english sentence.
   On the night of July 26, 1981 my mother arrived to America. She clearly remembers that it was the coldest climate she had ever felt. Coming from Colombian she never really experienced a winter. She began to notice that by not knowing english she wasn't going to get anywhere, so she began taking classes a year later at Roxbury Community College. She had taken some english classes before in her native homeland of Colombia so she wasn't a complete stranger to the language.  
   The first assignment in her new college was to write about her childhood. In the paper she explains how free she felt as a child. She writes about all her dreams and wishes. Her biggest dream of all was to come to America and raise her children there in order to start a new generation."I started to save money and planned to come to U.S. to see disneyworld and other places that was my dream" In the paper she also explains how her life was no joke. She wrote about many of her hardships and explained how her lifestyle had prepared her to cope with them in the future.
   My mother had many struggles as she explained in her paper. For example she loved to go to school, it was her favorite thing to do. In the morning she would wake up right before sunrise and feed the livestock right before taking a 2 hour journey to school which she walked. At the age of 14 her mother passed away leaving 11 younger siblings behind. My grandfather, who wasn't the most responsible man, had to sell three of the four farms he had in order for them to get by for that year. When my mother got old enough so she could work she had to leave behind what she loved most, which for her was school. My mother had become a woman at the age of 15, she worked and paid off her sisters and brothers education until they could get a job for themselves.
   Although the homework assignment dates back for up to 28 years my brother, david, said " It is pretty recent" He did although recognize the fact that it was a preson's biography by saying " it is a biography of a person's life". I asked him if it was important and he answered " yes I do". The answer he gave which I most agreed with was the the question, If this apeared in a museum someday what do you think a tour guide would say about it? and he responded " The person who wrote this proves that hard work and perseverence pays off in the future".  
























"No matter what I do, no matter how hard I try, The ones I love will always be the ones who pay." All I wanted was to tell her how much I loved her, what life holds in store for me I will never forget these words, with great power comes great responsibility, this is my gift my curse, who am I, I'm Spider man."  
   The speech I chose is said directly after the character neglects the very girl of his dreams, Mary Jane Watson. The character who delivers the speech is known as Peter Parker also known as Spider man. The speech is said at the very end of the film. It takes place in a graveyard during the burial of one of Spider man’s greatest rivals at the time, the Green Goblin.  
   The Green Goblin is a disguise for the ruthless, ambitious, cold hearted, and maniacal man known as Henry Osborne. Henry Osborne is a smart man but only when it comes to business because he has the heart to make the ruthless decisions which affect lives of people and even himself. Henry Osborne is being taken out of the company which he started, Oscorp. He decides to take a potent chemical which ultimately makes him stronger and even more crude. This villain is the father of Spider man's best friend, Harry Osborne is sworn to have his revenge once he saw Spider man carrying his fathers dead corpse he swore to avenge his father's death.  
Henry Osborne is a smart man but only when it comes to business because he has the heart to make the decisions which affect lives of people and even himself. Henry Osborne is being taken out of the company which he started, Oscorp. He decides to take a potent chemical which ultimately makes him stronger and even more crude.    
Spider man says a great line in the speech which strikes me with inspiration "With great power comes great responsibility." The quote can be used in many situations. It gives spider man an image of leadership and bravery. The most coincidental detail about the quote is that it applies to any super hero you could possibly think of.  
Peter Parker lives a life of grief and great distress. The person who had the most influence on Peter was his uncle Ben. Peter was raised by his aunt and uncle and he loves them dearly. As Peter is going through some changes he easily gets upset and one day he yells and insults his uncle. Later that night uncle Ben is shot by a criminal that he let escape. Before Peter could tell his uncle how sorry he was and how much he loved him, he died.  
 In conclusion I believe that my quote refers to all the Marvel Comics's super heroes or any Super Hero in that case. For example Superman, since he can not be hurt physically, except for kryptonite, his enemies attack Lois Lane, the one he loves. For Spiderman's case they attack Mary Jane, the key to his heart.


















  During the Elizabethan age a poet emerged as the greatest tragedy writer of his time. His main focus was on poetic novels and he mostly wrote tragedies such as the Scottish screenplay “Macbeth”. William Shakespeare, however, wrote sonnets involving many different themes and in his “Sonnet 130", unlike his tragedies, he specifically wrote about his mistress and expressed his love and admiration for her beauty knowing she wasn't perfect. "I love to hear her speak, yet well I know that music hath a far more pleasing sound". However I think that in this sonnet he is trying to find a reason for his love, he wants to know where it comes from and how it came to be.  
     The quote stated above shows that his lady although not perfect in every way, "I have seen roses damask'd, red, and white, But no such roses see I in her cheeks",is what he wants. In "Sonnet 130" Shakespeare shows his soft side, much like he did in "Romeo and Juliet". He doesn't decide to end this sonnet as a tragedy which shows his wish to experiment with poetry. He portrays her image as a woman with more beauty on the inside than on the outside. Although he finds her outward appearance attractive, he finds that her personality much more intriguing.  
     In "Sonnet 130" Shakespeare reveals his feelings about his mistress. He compares her to several inanimate objects which give the reader an idea of how beautiful his mistress really was. He says "My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun; Coral is far more red, than her lips red:" In this quote he is indicating that his mistress' eyes are dark unlike the sun which is bright. Her lips are not as red as coral but still beautiful.  
     At one point in the Sonnet he says a clear flaw in his mistress "My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:". He is describing an imperfection which doesn't really seem to bother him because he only states it once. Shakespeare infers that she might just have him under some type of love spell. "And yet by heaven, I think my love as rare". He doesn't think that any other man loves as he loves or cares for another as he cares for another.  
   Shakespeare demonstrates many flaws as well as perfections that his lady carries. The comparisons he makes are to give the reader the best detailed images possible. I notice however that he doesn't give her a specific height. I think he did this on purpose in order to let us make that decision in our mind. This woman he describes is the basic generalization of a woman in England. He loves her dearly even though she is not perfect. Shakespeare demonstrates his love for poetry through this sonnet and sets an example for loving a woman.
























Throughout the 20th century England’’s many poets, authors, play, song, and short story writers emerged. These people developed and defined England's progression into and during the 20th century. The band known as the Beatles, had an enormous impact on England. Poetry has also been a subject which has flourished and bloomed in England. The poet, Wallace Stevens, made his own contributions to 20th century England through his poetry and essays such as "Imagination as Value". The author P.G. Wodehouse had much respect acquired to him after he wrote an additional novel to the Jeeves and Wooster series "Joy (Jeeves) in the Morning". J.M Barrie is the author of “What Every Woman Knows” which portrays the growing image of woman throughout the 20th century. The short story writer known as Patrick O’Brian wrote a captivating story which he titled “Caesar: The story of the Panda Leopard”.
The Beatles were a great English band which had much success through out the 20th century. Their song “Revolution” is based on their struggle to change the world. The message is broadcast throughout the nation and imprinted on the minds of the people. The Beatles music sent out messages which had an impact around the world including countries in much Europe such as England. One exemplar line from the song “Revolution”which indicates the purpose of their music is “and when you talk about destruction, don’’t you know that you can count me out”(Yesterday and today). On their album cover of “Yesterday and Today” the Beatle's protest on abortion of children. In the song revolution they the lead singer sings "well you know we all want to change the world" and that is exactly what the Beatle's did through out the entire western hemisphere. The four members of the Beatles are John Lennon, Paul Mcartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. These four men made their impact on 20th century England, they wrote songs which protested the present problems and calmed those in war or simply work. The Beatles were a new revolution all on their own, they were notorious all around the world for their soothing music. They set a new standard for their peaceful music which wasn’t emulated for a long time.  
A poet by the name Wallace Stevens also made an impressive impact on the 20th century, his works are still admired upon today. A quote which stuck in peoples minds at the time was “...imagination is the power that enables us to perceive the normal in the abnormal, the opposite of chaos in chaos. It does this everyday in arts and letters” from his essay “Imagination as Value”. Stevens was born in Reading, Pennsylvania on October 2nd 1879 and he died in Hartford, Conn. August 2nd 1995.Stevens was a wise man, he attended the University of Harvard for three years, he then began to study law at the New York Law School where he received his degree in 1903. A poem which made an impact in 20th century England is “The Snow Man”. The poem can be interpreted in two ways, one can take its literal meaning or it’s symbolic meaning. The Literal meaning has to do with winter but the much deeper meaning has to do with society and what is occurring at the present time. “One must have a mind of winter to regard the frost and the boughs”(Stevens) This quote shows the possibility of its symbolic meaning. Stevens doesn’t even include a snow man in the poem, the only time it comes up is in the title. Stevens work was never truly recognized until it appeared in a magazine issue of the 1914 wartime poetry. Stevens wrote for the Harvard Advocate while in college, but he never stood out. The poetry written by Stevens is full of inspiring messages. He won a prize for his poems which were put into the 1914 wartime issue. Stevens went on to publish a one act play, Three Travelers watch a Sunset. Stevens wrote a book titled Essays on Reality and the Imagination. His writing is undisputable, it is awkward to read the raw and bare truth and people then realize how inhumane they can actually be.  
Born in 1881 and died in 1975 Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse left his mark on the world through his literature. Published in 1947 and one of the best novels in the Wooster-Jeeves series is “Jeeves in the morning” made many people become interested in Wodehouse’’s writing. "Joy in the morning" is one of the perfect pearls which Wodehouse has given the world. One of my favorite lines in the book is "Bertie spends much time putting the old Wooster brain to use in devising schemes to arrange the meeting of two tycoons" (Wodehouse) The line is very detailed and full with vocabulary that just puzzles the mind. Wodehouse is best known for his Jeeves and Wooster series as well as for Blanding's Castle. All of his works have been magnificent breakthrough's which have helped define the 20th century. His novels and short stories illustrate comedy, and daily occurrences in the world through out the 20th century. The critic's from New York Times state that "Joy in the Morning" is "Weeping, laughing, raging, exulting...Intensely emotional...Inspired." The Chicago tribune states that "Joy in the Morning stands out with a glad affirmation that love can accomplish the impossible."  
A Play that is believed to have an impact on the 20th century is "What Every Woman Knows" written by J.M. Barrie. Through out the 20th century woman began gaining the respect they deserved more and more every decade. They were no longer just house wives they were becoming aspiring actors, singers, dancers, and many more. The Play "What Every Woman Knows" is a play which shows the talent of the cast. This play is vital to the 20th century as it portrays woman gaining more respect and more knowledge as well. Woman were now training themselves hard in order to succeed, they began to emulate man and surpass their own expectations. “The Ladies Champion ( His modesty is tempered with a respect for the truth)”(Barrie.154) This line indicates that within the play and even in society woman were gaining their respect.
A short story which is symbolic as well as an absolute breakthrough during the 20th century is “Caesar: The life story of a Panda Leopard” by Patrick O’Brian. The Short story is based on the life of a half panda and half leopard which remains nameless in the beginning of the story. The animal lives in a cave with it’s family and later on it is captured and domesticated. The animal learns to love his master. This story is based on diversity and coping with the new changes of world. The book is based on the nature of nature which offers no sympathy to the poor animal when he loses family after family. The Amazon book sale gives it 4/5 stars.  
All these works from all of these magnificent authors and poets help give a reader a very distinguished image of the 20th Century England as well as most of the world. There were many changes going on through the 20th century. All of these people helped shape a bridge which holds the image of the 20th century in England. The deep symbolic meanings from the works which these people created basically sums up all of the emotional, social, and economic problems or events which made an impact and changed the world in the 20th century England.


















It was she who engendered  me to life
Is she not a lord, is she not a fife?
She still receives the same respect as one
She is sung madrigals and loved as one
It was her who carried me for nine months
That woman I still live with sixteen years
She has not changed a bit and not at all
She never let me sink and never fall
Her life, a cycle that never changes
She battles loss, a death comes from ages
And one day she will realize the truth
That life is nothing but time and uncouth
So when she awakes from that deep slumber
That woman will know how I feel for her