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.

Hymn To Labor

Jose Rizal’s patriotism is shown in this poem “Hymn To Labor” where he urged his fellowmen to strive and work for their country whether in war or in peace.

Sa Aking Mga Kababata

As a very young poet, Jose Rizal wrote this poem in Tagalog at the age of 8. Another English version was translated by Nick Joaquin.

Song of the Wanderer

In this poem, Rizal talks about the loneliness of being a wanderer and the heartbreak of being a stranger in his motherland after being away for so long.

Our Mother Tongue

Rizal wrote the original version of this poem in Tagalog when he was just eight years old. Rizal’s most famous quote, “Ang hindi magmahal sa sariling wika, daig pa ang hayop at malansang isda.” is from this poem.