Sor Juana Essay

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“I walk beneath your pens, and am not what I truly am, but what you'd prefer to imagine me.” (Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz). The 17th century colonial Mexican poet, known as “The Tenth Muse”, is an outstanding writer of the Latin American colonial period and of the Hispanic Baroqueand the Golden Age. Although she lived in a colonial era when Mexico was part of the Spanish Empire, she is considered today a Mexican writer, and stands at the beginning of the history of Mexican literature in the Spanish language. She was a self-taught scholar and nun of New Spain. She learned the Aztec language of Nahuatl, and wrote some short poems in that language. In 1664, aged 16, she asked her mother's permission to disguise herself as a male student so that she could enter the university there. Not being allowed to do this, she continued her studies privately and devoted herself to amassing a library. She went to a convent in Mexico City in which she lived the last 27 years of her life and where she wrote most of her works. The renaissance was a cultural movement from the 14th to the 17th century. Spanish literature of the Golden Age, a period of flourishing in literature in Spain, encompasses Renaissance and the Baroque. The Renaissance produced a Golden Age with many achievements in literature and it also produced a new concept of how people thought. Poetry was the most admired genre in the Golden Age and expanding the Spanish Golden Age to include Mexico it is included Sor Juana. Sor Juana was a person of intellectual prowess whose ideas and accomplishments were ahead of her time. She made contributions to art and rich artistic accomplishments. She learned how to read and write at the age of three. By age five, she could do accounts. At age eight, she composed a poem on the Eucharist and at age thirteen she was teaching Latin to young children. Today, Sor Juana’s

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