Sex Without Love

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Sex Without Love

How do they do it, the ones who make love without love? This strong opening sentence almost seems like a contradiction, but after further analysis one can see that the author has a different meaning for each word “love” in the sentence. Sex Without Love by Sharon Olds is a poem about the people who engage in sexual activities without any associated emotions. To give a better understanding of the poem the following aspects will be discussed; The authors different meanings for love, a detailed breakdown of key phrases, analogies, the people who have sex without love, and how this poem can connect to todays society.

“Love” as a word can have many meanings depending on the person or situation it is applied to. In the first sentence of this poem the author uses the word love two times each time having a different meaning, the first time she uses it is meant to mean sex and the second time she uses the word love it is meant to represent emotional feelings. The word love can be applied in a number of ways but to list a few; as a friendly relationship, a family bond, and in an intimate relationship. In a friendly relationship love can be used to let a friend know that you care heavily for them but it is not used in an intimate way. When it comes to loving family members this love is the kind lasts a lifetime and starts at birth. Possibly the most important love is the love shared in an intimate relationship between two people who would like to start a life together.

Each phrase in this poem contributes to the overall meaning but some key phrases stick out and have a deeper meaning. “Beautiful as dancers, gliding over each other like ice-skaters over the ice” this phrase is used to describe the beautiful aspect of sex and how it's art is beautiful with or without love. “Wet as the children at birth whose mothers are going to give them away” here the depressing side of loveless sex is seen, when two people in love decide to have sex it...
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