Despite her forceful and accurate reply, the bishop’s criticism affected her so deeply that after a short time she sold all her possessions, including her amazing library with more than 4,000 books, and devoted herself completely to the religious life. She donated all the proceeds of the sale to charity.
She died helping her cholera stricken sisters during the epidemic that spread in Mexico in 1695 when she was 44 years old.
With Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Baroque poetry reached its highpoint and introduced as well reflective and analytical elements that influenced the poets and thinkers of the 18th century. Her work was published in Spain consisting of three volumes:
- Inundación castálida de la única poetisa, musa décima, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1689)
- Segundo volumen de las obras de Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1692)
- Fama y obras póstumas del Fénix de México (1700)
The Mexican government honored Sor Juana: