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For your initial post, choose one of Sor
Juana’s sonnets (not the one I used as an example in the lecture).
Identify its formal features (octave, sestet, volta). Write a paragraph
of at least 500 words describing the problem that is raised in the octave and
the resolution, solution, etc. that is presented in the sestet. Identify the volta. She complains of her lot, suggesting her aversion to vice
and justifying her resort to the Muses
World, in hounding
me, what do you gain?
How can it harm you
if I choose, astutely,
rather to stock my
mind with things of beauty,
than waste its stock
on every beauty’s claim?
Costliness and wealth
bring me no pleasure;
the only happiness I
care to find derives from setting treasure in my mind,
and not from mind
that’s set on winning treasure.
I prize no
comeliness. All fair things pay
to time, the victor,
their appointed fee
and treasure cheats
even the practiced eye. Mine is the better and truer way:
to leave the vanities
of life aside, not to throw my life away on vanity