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Summary

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz produced an impressive body of work, including poems and poetic drama. She was admired and considered exceptional during her lifetime. It should be remembered that originality in the seventeenth century meant cleverness in using traditional forms. Sor Juana used her intelligence and perceptiveness to create unique combinations while writing of known themes and ideas. Her work is a pleasure to the senses; her images often surprise and delight.