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Post An International Poetry Event, and a Poem by Jose Rizal
Created by John Eipper on 11/19/20 5:43 AM

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An International Poetry Event, and a Poem by Jose Rizal (Francisco Ramirez, USA, 11/19/20 5:43 am)

Congratulations to Enrique Torner!  A class project that becomes an international poetry recital is a tradition worthy of praise.

Alas, I think that here at Stanford, we will be in Zoom mode for all of the academic year. I hope I am wrong.


PS:  An odd question: Do you know the poem "Mi último adiós" (My Last Farewell) by José Rizal? John E does because he has read Benedict Anderson's Imagined Communities. It is so much better in Spanish than in English.

JE comments:  Project Gutenberg has a beautiful edition of Rizal's poem, including his handwritten draft.  Click below.  Rizal's "Adiós" was not an exaggeration:  the Spanish colonial authorities executed him shortly after.  And this was in 1896, just one year after the cursed Spaniards killed another poetic genius half a world away in Cuba:  José Martí.

I've always wondered:  If I had an imminent appointment with the firing squad, could I be so articulate?  Don't think so...


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