I cause displeasure to the one
I most desire to gratify,
And from displeasure that I give,
The one who suffers most is I …
Such beautifully stirring words written many years ago by Juana Inés de la Cruz – acclaimed in her time as the “Phoenix of Mexico”, America’s tenth muse; a generation later she was forgotten.
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz was a 17th century nun, self-taught scholar and acclaimed writer of the Latin American colonial period and the Hispanic Baroque. She was also a staunch advocate for women’s rights.