Lola Rodríguez de Tió
Lola Rodríguez de Tió
Lola Rodríguez de Tió
|Born||Dolores Rodríguez de Astudillo y Ponce de León|
September 14, 1843
San Germán, Puerto Rico
|Died||November 10, 1924|
Lola Rodríguez de Tió,[note 1] (September 14, 1843 – November 10, 1924), was the first Puerto Rican-born woman poet to establish herself a reputation as a great poet throughout all of Latin America. A believer in women's rights, she was also committed to the abolition of slavery and the independence of Puerto Rico.
Rodríguez de Tió was born Dolores Rodríguez de Astudillo y Ponce de León [note 2] in San Germán, Puerto Rico. Her father, Sebastián Rodríguez de Astudillo, was one of the founding members of the Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Puerto Rico (literally, "Illustrious College of Attorneys," the governing body for Spanish attorneys in Puerto Rico, similar to a bar association). Lola's mother, Carmen Ponce de León, was a descendant of Juan Ponce de León, who was an explorer, and the first Spanish Governor of Puerto Rico. She too was a native of the town of San Germán. Rodríguez de Tió received her education at home where she was home-tutored. She developed a lifelong love for literature, especially for the works of Fray Luis de León which were to serve her as a source of inspiration. She was very assertive in her early years, at the age of seventeen she demanded to be allowed to wear her hair short, which went against the conventional norm of the time, a personal trademark that she kept through her life.
Rodríguez de Tió moved to Mayagüez, with her family. There she met Bonocio Tió Segarra, whom she married in 1863. Rodríguez de Tió became a writer and book importer who often wrote articles in the local press and was as much of an activist against the Spanish regime as was allowed by the government. After marrying Tió, she published her first book of poetry, "Mis Cantos", which sold the then amazing amount of 2,500 copies.
In 1867 and then again in 1889, Rodríguez de Tió and her husband were banished from Puerto Rico by the Spanish appointed Governors. On their first exile they went to Venezuela and on their second banishment they first moved to New York where she helped José Martí and other Cuban revolutionaries, and later to Cuba, where the couple resided until their respective deaths. Their home became a gathering point for politicians and intellectuals as well as exiled Puerto Ricans. In 1868, inspired by Ramón Emeterio Betances's quest for Puerto Rico's independence and by the attempted revolution called the Grito de Lares, she wrote the patriotic lyrics to the existing tune of La Borinqueña. In 1901, Rodríguez de Tió founded and was elected member to the Cuban Academy of Arts and Letters. She was also an inspector of the local school system. She was well known in Cuba for her patriotic poetry about Puerto Rico and Cuba. Some of Rodríguez de Tió's best known works are "Cuba y Puerto Rico son..." (Cuba and Puerto Rico are..) and "Mi Libro de Cuba" (My Book about Cuba).
In 1919, Rodríguez de Tió returned to Puerto Rico where she was honored with a great banquet at the Ateneo Puertorriqueño after she recited her "Cantos a Puerto Rico". Lola Rodríguez de Tió died on November 10, 1924 and is buried at the Colón Cemetery in Havana, Cuba.
It is believed by some that the design and colors of the Puerto Rican Flag, which were adopted in 1954, came from Rodríguez de Tió's idea of having the same flag as Cuba with the colors reversed. Puerto Rico has honored Lola's memory by naming schools and avenues after her.
In May 29, 2014, The Legislative Assembly of Puerto Rico honored 12 illustrious women with plaques in the "La Plaza en Honor a la Mujer Puertorriqueña" (Plaza in Honor of Puerto Rican Women) in San Juan. According to the plaques the 12 women, who by virtue of their merits and legacies, stand out in the history of Puerto Rico. Rodríguez de Tió was among those who were honored.
Lyrics to the revolutionary version of "La Boriqueña"
|You may listen to on YouTube interpreted by Puerto Rican singer Danny Rivera.|
The following are the lyrics to Lola Rodríguez de Tió's 1868 revolutionary version of "La Boriqueña":
Arise, Puerto Rican!
A ese llamar patriótico
Doesn't this patriotic call
Mira, ya el cubano
Come, the Cubans
Ya el tambor guerrero
Now the war drum
El Grito de Lares
The Cry of Lares
Beautiful Puerto Rico
ya por más tiempo impávido
Now, no longer
¿Por qué, entonces, nosotros
Why then have we
No hay que temer, riqueños
There is no need to fear, Puerto Ricans,
ya no queremos déspotas,
We no longer want despots,
We want liberty,
Come, Puerto Ricans,
|Ancestors of Lola Rodríguez de Tió|
- List of Puerto Ricans
- List of Puerto Rican writers
- Puerto Rican literature
- History of women in Puerto Rico
19th Century female leaders of the Puerto Rican Independence Movement
Female members of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party
- Blanca Canales
- Rosa Collazo
- Lolita Lebron
- Ruth Mary Reynolds
- Isabel Rosado
- Isabel Freire de Matos
- Isolina Rondón
- Olga Viscal Garriga
Articles related to the Puerto Rican Independence Movement
- Puerto Rican Nationalist Party Revolts of the 1950s
- Puerto Rican Nationalist Party
- Ponce Massacre
- Río Piedras massacre
- Puerto Rican Independence Party
- Grito de Lares
- Intentona de Yauco
- This name uses Spanish marriage naming customs; the first is the maiden family name "Rodríguez" and the second or matrimonial family name is "Tió".
- This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Rodríguez de Astudillo and the second or maternal family name is Ponce de León.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Lola Rodríguez de Tió.|
- Toledo, Josefina, Lola Rodríguez de Tió - Contribución para un estudio integral, Librería Editorial Ateneo, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2002
- Delgado Cintrón, Carmelo. "El Colegio de Abogados de Puerto Rico: Un resumen histórico". Colegio de Abogados de Puerto Rico. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
- Lola Rodríguez de Tió - Bio
- Puerto Rican Flag Archived 2009-04-16 at the Wayback Machine.
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- Nuevas fuentes para la historia de Puerto Rico - Page 545
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