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In the poem The Last Day of the Year Annette Von Droste-Hlshoff uses imagery and references to God to express the coming of the end of the year The poem however seems to reflect the impending freedom of women from a patriarchal society This poems imagery and outside references suggest that it is in fact a plea for the end of the suffering of women and that the coming of their empowerment is near The three things that I will use to prove this point are how one year represents the time of womens oppression how she speaks directly to men in the poem and how she makes divine references to represent the freedom of women Droste-Hulshoff says in line one of this poem The year at its turn Droste-Hulshoff 1 Throughout this poem she uses the year to represent a period of time that is coming to an end Referring to the introduction in the World Reader Droste-Hulshoff was a woman yearning for the freedom to be herself Caws 2002 This forces the reader to consider that she is using the time period of the year as the time of womens oppression She feels that the time of the oppression is coming to an end I wait in stern silence O deep night Is there an open eye Droste-Hulshoff 5-7 is one example of how she considers the era of womens oppression at its end Another example is the following quote My life breaks down somewhere in the circle of this year Long have I known decay Yet my heart in love glows under the huge stone of passion Droste-Hulshoff 37-42 She has felt this persecution for all of her life but she still prospers as a individual and waits with short patience for her time to come At one point in this poem Droste-Hulshoff speaks to an unidentified second party You child of sin has there not been a hollow secret quiver each
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