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By Octavio Paz

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Mexico's best poet, essayist, and cultural critic writes of a Mexican poet of all over again and one other global, the realm of seventeenth-century New Spain. His topic is Sor Juana Inés de l. a. Cruz, the main awesome determine in all of Spanish-American colonial literature and one of many nice poets of her age.

Her lifestyles reads like a unique. A lively and precocious woman, one in all six illegitimate kids, is shipped to dwell with kin within the capital urban. She turns into identified for her attractiveness, wit, and awesome erudition, and is taken into the courtroom because the Vicereine's protégée. for 5 years she enjoys the pleasures of lifestyles at court--then without warning, at twenty, enters a convent for all times. but, no recluse, she transforms the convent locutory right into a literary and highbrow salon; she amasses a magnificent library and collects medical tools, reads insatiably, composes poems, and corresponds with literati in Spain. To the consternation of the prelates of the Church, she persists in circulating her poems, redolent extra of the court docket than the cloister. Her performs are played, volumes of her poetry are released in another country, and her genius starts off to be well-known in the course of the Hispanic global. by surprise she surrenders her books, forswears all literary goals, and symptoms in blood a renunciation of secular studying. the remainder is silence. She dies years later, at forty-six.

Octavio Paz has lengthy been intrigued by way of the enigmas of Sor Juana's character and profession. Why did she develop into a nun? How may well she resign her lifelong ardour for writing and studying? Such questions should be spoke back simply within the context of the realm within which she lived. Paz supplies a masterly portrayal of the existence and tradition of recent Spain and the political and ideological forces at paintings in that autocratic, theocratic, male-dominated society, during which the subjugation of ladies was once absolute.

Just as Paz illuminates Sor Juana's existence through putting it in its historic environment, so he situates her paintings when it comes to the traditions that nurtured it. With severe authority he singles out the traits that distinguish her paintings and mark her strong point as a poet. To Paz her writings, like her lifestyles, epitomize the fight of the person, and particularly the person lady, for artistic achievement and self-expression.

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