English 10: Writing Portfolio
Essay the First

Essay the Second

Essay the third

Essay the fourth




















It was a large room but not very large. A professor was speaking to his class about the book they were currently working with. It was entitled "The Golden Hind." My mother, Elizabeth Carey, was in this class, listening and taking in and absorbing the information. She was also taking notes in her copy of the book. She, along with the rest of her classmates at college didn't need to bring notebooks to this class most of the time and therefore used their books for note taking.
The piece of writing that I am using is the book which my mother used. It is full of notes and small writings. It is important to my mother because it was part of her college education and a good source of literature.
I came across this book while my parents were cleaning out one of the rooms downstairs. There were a lot of old treasures and interesting books. But this book stood out even though I don't know why. I carried it upstairs and started looking through it. A little later I asked my mother about the book and she told me that it was from her college days. I knew right away that it would be good for  my english project that we were working on in school.I asked my mother if I could use it and eventually she said yes.I then asked her a couple of questions just so that I could get a background on the book. It seemed to bring back some fond memories for her.
The following is an interview between myself and my older brother Matt.:
Me:"Have you ever seen this text before?"
Matt:"Yeah, it was in the living room."
Me:"Do you know what it is?"
Matt:"It's a book."
Me:"Do you know who's it was?"
Matt:"It was probably Bill's or Pat's or mine in  school."
Me:"How old do you think it is?"
Matt:"10 years?"
At this point I told Matt that he could open the book and look through it. He was pretty surprised to find out that it was my mother's in college. He still didn't seem incredibly interested in it, however.
The last question that I asked him was probably the most important, it was, "If this all of the notes in the book were compiled together in a notebook and placed in a museum, what do you think the tourguides would say about it?" Matt responded by saying, "Well, they would probably be like, 'This notebook contains notes from the college days of the late sevendies. By reading through it you can see how the words that people spoke were different but when taking notes, most of the words were the same. They were the simple words that we still use today. And although spoken word can change overnight, it still takes a longer time for the written word to change."


























The speech that I chose came from the movie "Good Will Hunting." It was written by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. The speech was from the scene when the main character, Will, was set up with a job interview at the National Security Agency. In the speech, Will answers the question of "Why shouldn't I work for the N.S.A.?"  
     When I first heard this speech, I laughed at it. It was a long, but quickly delivered speech and was filled with a way of thinking that I had never before seen. It was also incredibly intelligent. At some point in everyones life, they are going to have a job. It might only last you a summer, and it might begin your career. Nevertheless, how many of us actually think about where that job is going to take us or how it will affect other people? Well, that's what intrigued me in this speech. When Matt Damon and Ben Affleck wrote the script they thought about every aspect of it. They thought about what would happen if he cracked the right code. They made it seem as if he knew the entire scenario about what could happen. Most people would just take the job because they get money for doing very advanced puzzles. I don't know if most of the movie's audience actually thought that deeply into it, I know that I didn't until I was told to write this paper. Most of the audience was assumably entertained by this part of the movie, laughed at it, and never really thought about what was said.  
     This speech was very difficult to find tricks in. To me, this says something about the amount of skill that the authors have. It can be very hard to hide a trick in a speech, especially at the young age that Ben and Matt were at when they wrote. The first trick that I found was parallelism. "the plant he used to work at got exported to the country he just got back from."  The parallelism can be found in the past tense used in the two parts of the sentence.  
     The second trick that was found in the speech were three vulgarities. Normally, vulgarities are used to express anger but in this speech they are used to show the character of the actor. He is in a very serious environment and taking part in what most people would consider an important oppurtunity, but the character didn't get dressed up or act sincere about anything. He was very laid back and remained himself. The vulgarities also showed that he didn't think too much of a man in a suit and wasn't intimidated by a person with a higher income.  
     This speech seemed ahead of it's time to me simply because of the fact that not too many people ever think about the affects that their job has on people outside of their lives. Will knew that he would have the power to start wars if he took the job. His speech showed that he cared about people even if he didn't know them. It showed something that most people don't have or don't worry about.



















The Romantic Age extended through the 18th century. Romantic writing is not about candle- light dinners and walks along the beach. The Romantic Age was about writing the way people talked. One of the most Romantic writers was William Wordsworth. He set the guidelines for Romantic writing in “Lyrical Ballads” with the help of his friend Henry Cooleridge. He also expressed overflowing emotion in his poems, such as “A Few Lines Composed 3 Miles Above Tintern Abbey.” Wordsworth writes about the clash of humanity and nature. In the poem, “The Monument Commonly Called ‘Long Meg’,” Wordsworth uses personification when describing a twelve foot rock to represent the importance of leadership among humanity through the example of nature.  
 The rock that is called “Long Meg” stands about sixty feet outside of a circle of rocks in the north of England. Long Meg is twelve feet tall and has four corners that point north, south, east, and west.  It was most likely used as a meeting place for some sort of religious ritual around 1500 B.C.  One example of Long Meg being described as a leader is in lines six and seven. Wordsworth says, “-pre-eminent, and placed Apart, to overlook the circle vast.” This line depicts an image of leadership because Long Meg, the biggest of the rocks, and the only one not made out of granite, is watching over the other rocks.
 Wordsworth uses personification when describing Long Meg. In line eight he says, “Speak! Giant-mother!” When Wordsworth describes Long Meg as a mother, it is not only an example of leadership but an example of personification as well. Also, the explanation point that is used in the line is the work of the Romantic Age and the belief by Romantic writers that all poems should include overflowing emotion.
 In lines four and five, Wordsworth describes the circle of rocks as a family and Long Meg as the one that scorns them. He says, “When first I saw that family forlorn; Speak Thou, whose massy strength and stature scorn.” Leaders always stand at the head or on the outside of a circle. Long Meg is on the outside of a circle. And once again, Long Meg is described as a leader or a mother among the rocks and among nature.
 In the traditional sense, the person that scorns a family is a parent. In these lines it is made clear that Long Meg would yell at the rocks, which represent her children, and keep them together. In a school yard, the biggest kid there is most often the most feared and respected. In the business world, the boss of the biggest company is the most feared and respected. And even in the animal kingdom, the biggest animal is the most feared and respected. Long Meg represents the giant in the school yard, the boss of the world’s biggest company, and the lion in the jungle.  
 This rock is a leader in the eyes of Wordsworth and is an image of leadership shown through the example of nature. This essay has proven that through various examples. These points strongly show that Wordsworth included messages for life in his poetry and tried to symbolize those messages with nature.

























She said that it would never last,
I said it isn't worth it to try.
She says that nothing ever works,  
I wish that she was never right.
It wasn't fair to bring her up,
You held me down like death in a cup.
I should've known you'd go for the throat,
Another moment for you to gloat.
She said that we would never be,
I said that her evil blinded me.
If we could go I'd never mind,
But she said we were out of time.
She said that we could go for a drive,
I knew she wanted to leave me behind.
She said it wouldn't work if I don't give,
I told her that she has no clue how to live.