What Is a Summary of Jose Rizal’s Poem “Memory of My Town”?

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Jose Rizal’s poem “In Memory of My Town” or “Un Recuerdo A Mi Pueblo” expresses the writer’s nostalgia for the town of his birth, Calamba in Laguna. The Philippine writer was a 15-year old student at the time he wrote the poem in 1876.

Rizal had gone to Manila to attend the Ateneo Municipal in Manila. In the poem, he fondly reminisces about his hometown and its natural surroundings, including the lagoons, the white lilies, the lakes, rivers and woodlands he explored as a child. He equates a happy childhood with the town and its environment and ends with the wish that God would keep its innocence safe forever.