They Ask Me for Verses

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They Ask Me for Verses

By | April 2011
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The first stanza of the poem “They ask me for verses”, speaks of the time when Jose Rizal was writing this poem. In the first stanza Jose Rizal used a lyre to symbolize his writing; The members of the society requested him to write a poem, even though he doesn't find it easy to write poems any more, he tried to write and finish what he have started. During the time he was writing the poem, he can’t find any inspiration to write, he felt very sad that as if he was an outcast or separated from everyone; He feels lonely as if his soul is being squeezed or torn into pieces, that when he will write something it seems that it would turn out a joke out of great sadness; In this great sadness he can’t feel nor express himself well while writing. The first, second and third line of the second stanza talks about his memories from the past that he cherish and longs for. While the fourth line talks about his happy childhood days and all the friendship he made from the past. He compared it with the fifth line by saying that from his present life those friends are not as much as those from his past. The sixth line means he will always have those memories with him. The seventh and eighth line talks about the festive plays where melodies will always remain in him. The second to the last line with the last line talks about those poetries and melodies from his place that always soar in his mind. The third stanza of the poem “They ask me for verses” speaks about the place of origin of the poet who is Rizal and the place where he originated and came from is our very own country, Philippines. The first and second line talks about the persona in the poem which states that in the country where he came from there’s only few who are like him, this interpretation came from the line “A plant I am, that scarcely grown”, the plant that is scarcely grown refers to the persona. Though through the succeeding lines which signifies the abandonment of the persona by the land where he was born and...