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by Juana Inés de Asbaje y Ramírez de Santillana

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Compare the sentiments of two of Sor Juana's love sonnets to those in "The Response to Sor Filotea."   in Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

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Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz presents very different sentiments in "Respuesta a Sor Filotea," (a defense to a letter of criticism sent from a bishop who had been thought of as a friend) as opposed to her sonnets, some of which deal with love. The letter of response includes her history, her desire to learn, and her dedication not to offend the Holy Church. She is collected, poised and businesslike, employing intellectual arguments and humble statements.

In "Respuesta a Sor Filotea," Sor Juana reports on why learning is so important to her:

I do not study in order to write, nor far less in order to teach (which would be boundless arrogance in me), but simply to see; whether by studying I may become less ignorant. This is my answer, and these are my feelings.

Sor Juana has no desire to teach—she sees this as arrogance on her part, to assume that she knew enough to imagine she could teach others. On the contrary, her feeling, constantly, of never having learned enough makes her feel...

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