Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Acknowledgments

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p. 5

The translators wish to acknowledge their great debts: to Lourdes Blanco, whose knowledge of women's monastic life in Mexico in Sor Juana's day and whose generous gift to us of her time...

Contents

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pp. 6-8

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Foreword

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pp. 9-11

The idea for this volume first came to me a few years ago when I was teaching at Mount Holyoke College a course on love and sexuality in Latin American literature. It seemed to me the logical place to start was the poetry of Sor Juana...

EI hijo que la esclavaha concebido / When a Slave Gives

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pp. 12-15

Divina Lysi mía / My Divine Lysi

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pp. 16-21

Pedirte, Señora, quiero / I Beg You, Senora

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pp. 22-31

Detente, sombra de mi bien esquivo / Don't Go, My Darling. I Don't Want This to End Yet

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pp. 32-35

Esta tarde, mi bien, cuando te hablaba / This Afternoon, My Darling, I Kept Talking

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pp. 36-39

Con el dolor de la mortal herida / Love Opened a Mortal Wound

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pp. 40-43

¿Vesme, Alcino, que atada a la cadena... ? / Look at Me, Alcino. See the Chain?

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pp. 44-47

¿Qué es esto, Alcino? ¿Como tu cordura... ? / Have You Lost Your Mind, Alcino?

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pp. 48-51

Inés, yo con tu amor me refocilo / Inez, I Have to Gloat: You're Gorgeous

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pp. 52-55

Inés, cuando te riñen por bellaca / Inez, When Someone Tells You You're a Bitch

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pp. 56-59

¿Que pasión, Porcia, qué dolor tan ciego...? / Portia, What Passion, What Blind Pain

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pp. 60-63

En la vida que siempre tuya fue / Divine Laura, My Life Was Always Yours

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pp. 64-67

Elegía / Elegy

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pp. 68-75

Afterword: Translating Sor Juana

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pp. 77-80

About the Translators

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pp. 82-83