INTERPRETATION: RIZAL USED THE HEIDELBERG FLOWERS AS A SYMBOL OF HIS LOVE FOR HIS MOTHERLAND. The beauty of the blossoms is analogous to his view of our nation, so that everybody who sees the flower may connect with Rizal's love for his motherland.
His lyrics were all about the Heidelberg flowers. However, it represents two realities. The beauty of the flowers represents Rizal's love for his nation, while the poorer quality of the flowers represents Rizal's ineffective presence in another country.
He was born on April 20th, 1836 in Malate, Manila to Francisco and Conception Nicuesa. He had three siblings: Agustin, Maria and Julian. His family was very poor, so he had to work at a young age to help support them. He started out as a printer's devil at the "Manila Journal". However, he soon became interested in literature and politics. He wrote poems from an early age and published some of them when he turned 21. One of his poems was entitled "Ultimo Adios" (Last Goodbye). This poem was very popular back then because it showed the people of Manila that Rizal was not going to forget them even though he was going away to study.
In 1863, at the age of 30, Rizal went to Europe because he wanted to learn more about modern civilization and find a better way to fight against its abuses. During this time, he stayed mostly in Vienna where he met many famous writers and artists. He also worked as an editor for a newspaper there. In 1865, Rizal returned to the Philippines after having learned what he needed to know in Europe.
When Rizal went to Heidelberg in 1886, he was charmed by the flowering flowers he observed in the Neckar River. Because of his homesickness, the blooms reminded him of the flowers in their yard in Calamba. This memory is what prompted him to write "Noli me tangere" (Don't Touch Me).
He had just finished high school when he traveled to Germany. While there, he learned that the Philippines was still under Spanish rule. Very upset by this, he wrote many poems and stories about the atrocities committed by the Spaniards against its inhabitants. One of these stories was turned into a book called Noli Me Tangere. It tells the story of a young man who loves a beautiful girl but she likes another guy. When the first boy dies, the second one commits suicide. From then on, the protagonist stops loving the girl and writes her a letter saying so.
This book was very controversial at the time it was published. The government banned it because they didn't want people to learn about the atrocities being done to the Filipinos by the Spaniards. Rizal was arrested for writing "noli me tangere" and spent several years in prison before being deported back to the Philippines. There, he was given an honorable death in 1890 at the age of 36.
On April 24, 1886, while studying opthalmology in Germany, Jose Rizal penned "To the Flowers of Heidelberg." He was inspired by the blossoms in Heidelberg in the spring and composed this poem while missing his family and homeland. The pilgrim is concerned about his nation!
Flowers are a symbol of beauty and elegance in many cultures and religions. They also have special meanings for different people. Roses have many different names around the world: rosa, kumquat, carnation, michaelmas daisy, sunflower, and so on. There are even flowers that are only symbolic such as tulips which mean hope.
In Spain, France, and Italy, the Easter flower is called "Páscolet" or "Pasquelette". In Japan, it's called "Tsubaki". In English, it's known as "Easter Lily".
Heidelberg is a city in southern Germany with an ancient history. It was first mentioned in documents in 774 AD as Hedelburch. The name means "home of the heathland deer". In 1180, the Prince-Bishop of Speyer built a castle here; today, it is a museum.
Rizal was born on January 15, 1853 in Bacolod City, Philippines.
On April 24, 1886, Jose Rizal penned "To the Flowers of Heidelberg" while in Germany and feeling a strong love for his family and nation. The poem was published two years later in the Philippine Journal.
Rizal was greatly moved by the beauty of the city and wrote about it in a letter to his father. He told him that he had fallen in love with a German girl named Clara and wanted to marry her. But his father said no, so then Rizal decided not to get married. He finished his study in Germany and returned home in 1887.
Flowers are a sign of happiness and joy and they represent purity of heart. In this poem, Rizal mentions how he sees many flowers in Heidelberg but none from his country. This shows that he is missing his home and family very much and wants them to be happy and free. Germany was at the time of writing a part of the Austrian-Hungarian empire and so there weren't any flowers because most of them were used to make medicines or other things. However, since Austria and Hungary were already allies of the United States, maybe America sent him some as a sign of support and friendship? We will never know for sure but this is just one of many poems by Rizal that show his great talent as an author.