English 10: Writing Portfolio
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One day at my grandmother’s house we were having a dinner for my aunts birthday. I remembered my mom told me to ask my grandparents. When I did my grandmother pointed out a shelf full of old books. When I looked I found old diaries and textbooks, then I came across a notebook from October 1951. My granddad was about 13 when he had the book.
   When I found it I had to ask my granddad if I could use it for school, but he was downstairs so I had to ask him. My granddad looked surprised I think and he let me use the notebook.

























Coach Herman Boone, who was talking to his football team, said a speech in a scene in “Remember the Titans”. What the speech does is it gets his football team, the Titans, to work together. The team consists of both black and white high school kids who don’t get along because of race. This was during the time blacks and whites lived in the same areas but didn’t like each other. Coach Boone says this speech at Gettysburg at a cemetery. This speech motivated his team to do better and work together.  
   The affect in the viewer is they may think its funny the coach dragged the team out of camp in the middle of the night, when it was raining. It also may have made the audience think about what they do that maybe discriminatory and causes problems.  
   The speech is ahead of its time because the coach speaks of not coming together and being destroyed. If we as a country were fighting each other in the country it makes us vulnerable and weak. Also in a sport if the team doesn’t work together and everybody is doing their own thing they will lose.  
   A trick the author uses is alliteration. The author writes, "bubbling with the blood of young boys." The words he uses are bubbling, blood and boys.  
   Another trick the author uses is he has a simile. The author writes, "If we don’t come together, right now, on this hallowed ground, we too will be destroyed, just like they were."  
   In conclusion the authors message he is trying to get across is stick together and don’t fight or you will fall apart. After this speech was given the Titans did great as a team.  






















 The author of  “She was a Phantom of Delight” was a Romanticism poet. Romanticists would write how people talked, of nature, humans and creation. This is what William Wordsworth did in his writing. Wordsworth would focus on these things in his writings. He wrote in the “Lyrical Ballads” in 1798. Wordsworth writes about humans and nature in the poem. When Wordsworth says, “A creature not too bright or good for human nature’s daily food; for transient sorrows, simple wiles, praise, blame, love, kisses, tears and smiles” he means that the woman, or the “phantom”, is something that if every one had saw it would change there emotion for a while.
   In this poem by Wordsworth when the speaker gets a closer view of the “phantom.” The speaker says, “ A spirit, yet a woman too!” The exclamation point is one of the useful marks for a Romanticist writer. Romanticist writers use the exclamation point because it shows emotion. The emotion in this line shows the speaker being surprised or shocked.  
  In line eighteen the speaker says, “A creature not too bright or good for human nature’s daily food;” when Wordsworth write this he is using the trick of allusion. Human nature’s daily food is something you have everyday. This means the sight of this “phantom” may not be good for people to see everyday, maybe because she isn’t appealing to the eye, she is very appealing to the eye or people will be scared of the apparitional character. Seeing the “phantom” is going to change a person emotion.  
   In lines nine and ten Wordsworth uses the trick of parallelism when he says, “A dancing shape, an image gay, to haunt, to startle, to way-lay.” These are two opposites that both will cause a different emotion. An image that is gay would bring joy and happiness as she dances but, if she were to haunt or to startle someone, an opposite from making someone happy, it would scare them or make them unhappy.  
   In conclusion Wordsworth’s She was a Phantom of Delight shows changing of emotion that the “phantom” causes people to feel. It made the speaker happy or surprised when he saw that the “phantom” was a woman. In line eighteen the speaker believes the “phantom” isn’t good for people to see everyday because it will cause mixed emotions. In lines nine and ten Wordsworth writes parallelism about the “phantom” causing happy and unhappy emotions.



























 My proposal surrounds my desire to write a textbook filled with British literature for high school students. This textbook will contain how sickness and oppression relate to other things such as love and life. The title of the period chapter will be Oppressed Relations.  
    My first example for Oppressed Relations would be the poem, “A Channel Passage,” by Rupert Brooke. In this poem focused on being seasick and love sick, and he relates the two to one another. Brooke talks about making the choice between heartache and a damaged liver. In an understanding way, Brooke relates vomit with memories of love. He uses alliteration and says “sobs and slobber” both affects of sickness and love. Sobs of the person crying because what they experienced in their love and slobber of the result of being sick by throwing up. These things were probably on Brookes mind as he was in war. There might have been someone he had left behind or left him because he went to war, which made him sick. And the environment of being on a ship must have made him sick. Having died by blood poisoning shows a little significance of his poem not knowing he would die.  
   The play that is going to be apart of Oppressed Relations is going to be Equus by Peter Shaffer. “Equus” in the Latin language means horse. This should be apart of the period because of the suffering in the play. The boy, Alan, is seemingly crazy and neurotic. Alan it seems stabs horses in their eyes to blind them. The play was published around 1974. This was around the time of recession; a time in history when many people suffered. “Equus” was about a seventeen-year-old stable boy, who most likely worked very hard during the recession. Its things like hard work or not being understood is what makes people stress. A teenager not being understood or when they cry for help but don’t show it really needs it. Obviously the boy was having either emotional or mental issues to cause him to do something so serious without a cause.  
   The song apart of Oppressed Relations is “Carry That Weight” by the Beatles. This song would be inspirational to someone who is oppressed. The lead vocals of the song are Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. The inspirational lines are “Boy, you’re going to carry that weight Carry that weight a long time.” When people are oppressed it most likely isn’t for a short period of time it is a long period of time. Oppressed people could relate this song because when you’re oppressed it’s like carrying the whole world on your shoulders.  
   The novel in Oppressed Relations is The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis. This novel was written as a response to the poem, The Marriage of Heaven And Hell by William Blake. The Great Divorce could be called the Divorce of Heaven and Hell. In the novel phantoms or people of hell have a trip to heaven. There the people of hell encounter friends who have gone to heaven. The friends who have gone to heaven try to get their friends who went to hell to stay. All they had to do to stay was turn to God, which is like getting married. The people in hell lived an oppressed life because when stepping on solid grass in heaven it put them in pain because they were weak from living in hell. A critic, Kenneth Tynan said “How thrilling he makes goodness seem-how tangible and radiant.”  
    The final piece of Oppressed Relations is the short story by Charles thingyens, “The Ghost of Art.” In this short story a model of a painting that calls himself the Ghost of Art haunts the artist. The ghost of art is seemingly depressed because it has no legs. It yells at the artist and says “I’LL GROW ONE. AND, MARK MY WORDS, IT SHALL HAUNT YOU!” Years later the artist is attacked by the ghost with a beard, which he makes into the form of a jagged edge. The ghost of art is oppressed because it has no legs and it complains that if it does get legs it will be the same on any other man’s body. Meaning when painting another man it will have the same legs.  
   In Oppressed Relations people go through turmoil and struggle. They don’t always get what they want or need and suffer for it. When someone is oppressed there are things that can help him or her and make him or her feel better while still being oppressed. The song “Carry That Weight” is an example of something that could help any of the oppressed people from the story, play, novel or poem.