Jose Rizal's poem "TO THE FLOWERS OF HEIDELBERG" is dedicated to his homeland, the Philippines. The opening verse asks Heidelberg's blossoms to speak of him in the Philippines. The day begins at dawn and concludes at the break of dawn. The poet thus had a full day to enjoy the beauty of the city and its surroundings.
Heidelberg has been praised for its flowers since ancient times. The Romans even named one of their months after it: "Heiliger Monat" which means "holy month". Today, the city is known as Germany's flower capital because of all the blooms that are grown here. Heidelberg has more than 900 species of plants, making it second only to Brazil in South America. It is also one of the most beautiful cities in Germany.
The poem describes how the city's flowers attract visitors from all over the world. They come to see the red roses, white lilies, and blue hyacinths in the spring; the yellow marigolds, purple salvia, and orange geraniums in summer; and the blue violets and white carnations in autumn. In fact, there are so many flowers in Heidelberg that a visitor can walk for hours and not run out of things to see.
Jose Rizal was born on April 20, 1872 in Malate, Manila.
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. On April 24, 1886, while studying opthalmology in Germany, Jose Rizal penned "To the Flowers of Heidelberg." The poem was published two years later in the Philippine Journal.
Rizal was very moved when he heard that the flowers of Heidelberg had been brought to Manila during the American occupation and were now planted in front of the German Embassy. This tribute from one Filipino to another marked the beginning of a friendship that would last until Rizal's death in 1896. When Rizal wrote this poem, Germany was still united under one government: the German Empire. But already there were political divisions between the monarchical Wilhelm II and the democratic parties led by Lueger. Thus, Rizal was expressing his admiration for both His Majesty the Kaiser and Mayor Lueger.
He began with a greeting in German and then translated it into English: "Dear friends, flowers of Heidelberg! In you I see all that is beautiful and noble about my country. I feel proud to be a Filipino when I think of you. May God continue to bless our nation with peace!"
Famous poets and poetry I'm thinking about the pilgrim who nurses for his own country! of her year-round vernal climate that shines brilliantly in his homeland on the Neckar's banks or in a woodland nook He pressed the flexible petals he had taken, which resided within the hallowed parental home. This is a selection of poems by Jose Rizal.
He was a prolific writer and poet who lived in the Philippines during the late 19th century. His work focused on social issues such as corruption, injustice, and poverty. He also explored religious beliefs and he identified himself as a Christian although he was not affiliated with any church. He believed that the government should be run by people who cared about the poor and oppressed and he fought for independence from Spain until he was killed at age 36.
Some say his poems are too idealistic but I think they're very realistic especially considering the time he wrote them. He wanted to promote love and harmony among all classes of people and help make the world a better place. Although he died before reaching an audience, his ideas continue to spread through literature and education.
Here are some of his poems:
On My Countrymen
Far away in a distant land, I see my countrymen struggling to survive with only their feeble hands to rely on, while a few powerful landowners enjoy themselves at their expense.