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To My Fellow Children

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Darren Fabricante

on 17 December 2013

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Transcript of To My Fellow Children

To My Fellow Children
To My Fellow Children
Whenever people of a country truly love
The language which by heaven they were taught to use,
That country also surely liberty pursues.
As does the bird which soars to freer space above.

For language is the final judge and referee
Upon the people in the land where it holds sway;
In truth our human race resembles in this way
The other living beings born in liberty.

Whoever knows not how to live his native tongue
Is worse than any beast or evil smelling fish.
To make our language richer ought to be our wish
The same as any mother loves to feed her young.

Tagalog and the Latin language are the same
And English and Castilian and the angels’ tongue,
And God, whose watchful care over all is flung,
Has given us His blessing in the speech we claim.

Our mother tongue, like all the highest that we know
Had alphabet and letters of its very own;
But these were lost — by furious waves were overthrown
Like bancas in the stormy sea, long years ago.
Dr. José Rizal
He wrote this poem when he was eight years old.

He was born on June 19, 1861, and was the seventh of eleven children.

He was an ophthalmologist, sculptor, painter, educator, farmer, historian, playwright and journalist.

He dabbled, with varying degrees of expertise in architecture, cartography, economics, ethnology, anthropology, sociology, dramatics, martial arts, fencing and pistol shooting.
Dr. José Rizal
He formed a civic movement to moderate social reforms.

But was accused of starting a phillippine revolution

He was executed by a squad of Filipinos in the Spanish Army.

A force of regular Spanish troops stood to shoot the executioners if they disobeyed.

He died December 30, 1896
Dr. José Rizal
He wrote multiple forms of writings.

From poems and novels, to essays and even plays.

Most of these were about the Philippines and what is going on at the time.

Some were religious and there were a few letters to people.
By Dr. José Rizal
Early Life
Later Life
His Writings
Dr. Jose`Rizal
His Writings
During his time, the Philippines was ruled by Spain.

The Spanish had taken over and left the Filipinos to struggle for themselves.

This struggle is what led him to write about whats going on and what they should do.
Dr. Jose`Rizal

Period 4

He has had a harder time growing up then what we are used to.

Knowing his life and its story can help us understand what's going on and how he feels.

With that in mind, we in turn, can understand what he means in his stories and poems.
The Poem
The Poem
In his poem, Rizal, only eight years old, is speaking to the other children the importance of learning our language. He then goes on to explain that the language of people is related to freedom and liberty of those people.
The Poem
The speaker of the poem is an eight year old Jose Rizal.

It was an assignment for one of his classes.
The Poem
This poem was written in 1869.

He was attending elementary school in the Philippines.
The Poem
He is speaking to all the children of the world .

He is also speaking with the perspective of a child so it is easier to relate to.
The Poem
I believe that the purpose of this poem is to send a message to its reader.

The Poem
The poems subject would be about the language of people.

He then shows that pride in your language can lead to your freedom
The Poem
(Sa Aking mga Kababata)
The poem has a serious and respectable tone.

His attitude towards the poem is connected, like he feels strongly to the subject.
The Poem
The theme is one that deals with all societies of the world.

It is the love of one's native language and its importance to know and express it.
Dr. Jose Rizal Monument
in Madrid, Spain
Memorial of his execution
by Spanish firing squad
Famous Quotes
The poem uses a well rounded choice of words.

Most of the words and phrases are easy enough to understand.

The only thing that i would see give the most trouble is the word "bancas."

Bancas is a Tagalog word meaning boats in English.
Works Cited
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