They Ask Me for Verses!

They Ask Me for Verses (Me Piden Versos) reflects how sad it was for Rizal to be able to stir emotions through his poems but have them stifled by the Spaniards.


Jose Rizal wrote “Kundiman” in Tagalog on September 12th 1891. The theme of Rizal’s “Kundiman” is his intense love for his Motherland.

First Inspiration

For whom did Jose Rizal write “First Inspiration”? Many believe it was for Leonor Rivera, Rizal’s childhood sweetheart for eleven years.

Child Jesus

“Child Jesus” was written in Spanish by Jose Rizal in 1875 at the age of 14. The poem is an octave real or a short poem with eight verses only.

Memories of My Town

In “Memories of My Town”, Jose Rizal spoke of his childhood days in Calamba, Laguna recalling his happiest memories of the place and the people.

My Retreat

Jose Rizal describes in “My Retreat” his exile in Dapitan. From 1892 to 1896, he lived an unexciting but fruitful life.

Goodbye to Leonor

“Goodbye to Leonor” was written by Rizal for his childhood sweetheart, Leonor Rivera, when she married Henry Kipping, a British railway engineer.