First Love John Clare and Sex Without Love , two poems written at different times, with "connected" themes but at the same time very different. First Love is a Lyrical poem written in the 18th century by John Clare and Sex Without Love is a more contemporary poem which was written in 1985 by Sharon Olds. The theme in First Love is about a person that fell in love for the first time, who is talking about his emotions and what happened to him when it happened, while Sex Without Love the persona is criticizing the people that can have sex without being in love.
In these two poems, which are self-explained by the titles (First Love and Sex Without Love), we can see that they are almost opposite poems. In the poem First Love, the persona is talking about how he felt and what happened to him when he fell in love for the first time. The theme in this poem is more warmer and more innocent, the persona talks about his most personal feelings from when he fell in love, and this makes the theme more emotional. The persona starts by saying "I ne'er was struck before that hour with love so sudden and so sweet", meaning that he had never fell in love, a very profound and good feeling, before that moment and then describes how it was that he felt through the rest of the poem. While in Sex Without Love the persona is criticizing the people that can have sex without loving each other and asks herself how can they do it. This theme is about something a lot more superficial and cold, even the author compares people who can have sex without love with ice-skaters, which gives us an image of coldness, but this does not mean that this poem is less profound because even though the theme is superficial and cold, the author describes it in a very detailed and profound way through metaphors and similes. In this poem the author leaves all the feelings and emotions behind, and talks about how superficial and cold are the people that can "...make love without love."(l.1) In this poem the...
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