TO MS. C.O. Y. R Interpreted By: Rod Jasper A. Gacayan and Josef Joshua Valdez This poem was dedicated to Consuelo Ortiga y Rey, the daughter of Don Pablo Ortiga y Rey, a former Mayor of Manila. The hero probably fell in love with her and the lady apparently asked him for romantic verses: instead he gave her this discordant and stark poem. Who: Dedicated to Consuelo Ortiga y Rey Where: Madrid, Manila When: Time of Rizal; Before Leonor Rivera What: A Poem Why: Rizal fell in love with Consuelo Why ask for those unintellectual The man refused to make verses that once, insane with grief, romantic verses that was once I sang aghast? rejected and unappreciated Or are you maybe throwing in my and it makes him bitter face my rank ingratitude, my bitter only if reminded of such. past? Why resurrect unhappy memories The man tries to tell the now when the heart awaits from love lady that there’s no need a sign to talk about of his past, and Or call the night when the day begins that he is ready to love to smile, not knowing if another day again and that, if she will will shine? accept his love to her. You wish to learn the cause of this The lady wants to know despair that anguish wove? why he is in such pain, You wish to know the wherefore of the fact he may find such sorrows, and why, a young soul, another love again. I sing not of love? Oh, may you never why! For the reason brings melancholy but may set you The man refused to reveal laughing. Down with the corpse into the how he suffered from his grave shall go another corpse that’s buried past that she might only laugh in my stuffing! Something impossible, at him but instead she has ambition, madness, dreams of soul, a passion and its throes… Oh, drink the nectar that life has to offer and let bitter dregs in peace repose! to look into the love he is offering to her. Again I feel the impenetrable This time again, the man shadows shrouding the soul with feels like he would be rejected the thick veils of night: a mere bud or the lady will not response only, not a lovely flower, because it’s to his lover offering. destitute of air and light… Behold them: my poor verses, my The chance of man relies on damned brood – and sorrow suckled the verses he made for each and every brat! the lady, expecting she would Oh, they know well to what they owe answer to his love offering. their being, and maybe they themselves will tell you what. INTERPRETATION AS A WHOLE The man rejects to make romantic verses asked by the lady that was once unappreciated and unwanted. The man also tries to tell the lady the lady that he is ready to love again in spite of his suffering from the past that involves Leonor Rivera. The chance of the man depends from his romantic verses, hoping that the lady would answer his love offering.