World Literature II- Paper # 2
14 September 2012
Sor Juana Ines De La Cruz: “Reply To Sor Filotea De La Cruz” Reflection paper
Times have changed. As years pass, new laws arise, old ones plummet, some are merely altered but indefinitely, there are constant changes that bring us here to date. Reading De La Cruz’s letter, “Reply To Sor Filotea De La Cruz”, made me think more deeply about time and the way it molds us in a way we cant control. Someone has an idea? Poof! Before you know it, a new law goes into affect and whether it angers or excites people, it changes society in some way or another. In this reflection of, “Reply To Sor Filotea De La Cruz”, I plan to elaborate more deeply on my interpretations of De La Cruz’s writing and also point out some of my likes and dislikes about the letter.
Before completing the first paragraph of, Sor Juana Ines De La Cruz’s “Reply To Sor Filotea De La Cruz”, I already was under the assumption that she was very intelligent, possibly even too intelligent for me to comprehend. Futhermore, She composed her first poem when she was eight years old. By adolescence, she had comprehensively studied Greek logic, and was teaching Latin to young children at age 13 (www.poets.org) Her sentences were extensive and flowed with long, intricate words that I haven’t seen in a while. I had to read this letter slowly in other words. La Cruz was a nun although she probably could have been rich. She chose this life style to focus more on her religious studies while at the same time, learning everything else she possibly could. The best way I can describe La Cruz is she reminds me of a sponge, soaking up every piece of knowledge that she could wrap her conscientious mind around. A lot of those that knew her admired her willingness to learn and her study habits. Unfortunately, there were others like the Bishop of Puebla, Fernandez de Santa Cruz, that didn’t think a woman like her...