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to the virgin mary by rizal

-The first sad poem he had written


-Jose Rizal was a Marian devotee and even carved a statue of the Virgin Mary when
he was
young boy. �To the Virgin Mary� is a sonnet that was said to have been written by
Rizal on
December 3rd, 1876 while studying at the Ateneo.

-The meaning of the poem "To the Virgin Mary" by Jose Rizal is love. It's meaning
is that
love can conquer fear, even when it comes to death and that the tough times can
lead to the ultimate freedom.

-To The Virgin Mary is a prayer-like poem by Rizal. He wrote it as a contemplation


of the Virgin Mary,
who endured suffering as a human being, but who, while seated in Heaven as the
Mother of God, is able to listen to,
understand, and respond to prayers from human beings who are in pain.

-Jose Rizal, regardless of certain views later on in his life that were
controversial and
somewhat contrary to the Roman Catholic faith, was brought up Catholic. He composed
this
sonnet during his stay at the Ateneo Municipal de Manila, when he was about 15
years old.

1ST STANZA *Mary, sweet peace, solace dear


Of pained mortal! You're the fount
Whence emanates the stream of succor,
That without cease our soil fructifies.

-When spoken in modern English, this first stanza reads, �Mary, sweet peace and
dear solace,
You are the fount of pained mortal. It is from you that the stream of succor
emanates,
which, without ceasing, gives life to your soil.� It is clearly in praise of the
Virgin
Mary, whom Rizal says in this verse is the reason for a prosperous yield, and
without the
help of whom no hard working man can prosper. His high regard for the Virgin Mary
is
evident in these four lines.

2ND STANZA *From thy throne, from heaven high,


Kindly hear my sorrowful cry!
And may thy shining veil protect
My voice that rises with rapid flight.

-These next four lines are more straight to the point. He prays to Mary who sits in
what
he imagines is her glorious throne above, and begs her to hear his plea. This
indicates a
sense of eagerness and desperation. �My voice that rises with rapid flight,�
signifies a
sense of urgency to the words in his sorrowful cry.

3RD STANZA *Thou art my Mother, Mary, pure;


Thou'll be the fortress of my life;
Thou'll be my guide on this angry sea.
If ferociously vice pursues me,
If in my pains death harasses me,
Help me, and drive away my woes!

-The last stanza sounds more like a prayer. It is evident in these verses that even
though
Rizal was still at such a young age, he had felt and foreseen that life to him
would be difficult.