Sor Juana: Or, The Traps of Faith

Sor Juana: Or, The Traps of Faith

Octavio Paz


because of everybody for twin language poetry! here's my first supplying of Paz at the tracker, i feel. now not twin language.

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trans Margaret Sayers Peden

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

Her lifestyles reads like a singular. A lively and precocious woman, one in all six illegitimate childrens, is distributed to dwell with kin within the capital urban. She turns into identified for her good looks, wit, and striking erudition, and is taken into the court docket because the Vicereine's protégée. for 5 years she enjoys the pleasures of existence at court--then unexpectedly, 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 courtroom than the cloister. Her performs are played, volumes of her poetry are released out of the country, and her genius starts to be famous in the course of the Hispanic international. all at once she surrenders her books, forswears all literary targets, and indicators in blood a renunciation of secular studying. the remainder is silence. She dies years later, at forty-six.

Octavio Paz has lengthy been intrigued via the enigmas of Sor Juana's character and occupation. Why did she turn into a nun? How may she surrender her lifelong ardour for writing and studying? Such questions will be replied in simple terms within the context of the realm during which she lived. Paz provides a masterly portrayal of the lifestyles and tradition of latest Spain and the political and ideological forces at paintings in that autocratic, theocratic, male-dominated society, during which the subjugation of girls was once absolute.

Just as Paz illuminates Sor Juana's existence by means of putting it in its old surroundings, so he situates her paintings on the subject of the traditions that nurtured it. With serious authority he singles out the traits that distinguish her paintings and mark her strong point as a poet. To Paz her writings, like her existence, epitomize the fight of the person, and particularly the person girl, for artistic achievement and self-expression.

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