Let’s Write Like Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Just for Fun

Dear Common Readers,

Just for fun let’s write a poem, a dramatic scene, or a letter in the style of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz by June 3.

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: Selected Works includes romances (ballads), redondillas, décimas, epigrams, Petrarchan sonnets, and a silva. (See the website Spanish Metrification for good explanations of Spanish poetic forms with the meter and rhyme scheme for each form.) Selected Works also includes Sor Filotea’s letter and Sor Juana’s Respuesta a Sor Filotea as well as the prologue to one of Sor Juana’s plays.

The experiment is to write a short work using one (or more!) of Sor Juana’s forms and styles. Write a poem, a prologue or scene of a real or imaginary play, or a response to a real or imaginary open letter. Sor Juana gives us so many choices!

Let’s adopt the same reckless DIY spirit in which I earlier attempted to write a Sapphic stanza just to see what I could learn. I’ll put up a check-in post on June 3 so we can discuss our experiments and how they went.

I hope the possibilities inspire you, dear Common Readers. Are you in?


Your sister reader,
Ms. Arachne


Edited on July 28, 2917: I removed the reference to the Spanish Metrification site because the link no longer works and I could not find the website with an internet search.