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sex without love Micro#3

sex without love Micro#3 - Mike Haigh English 112 Professor...

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Mike Haigh English 112 Professor McDonald 23 October 2007 Sex without Love is Like a Sport In “Sex without Love”, Sharon Olds attempts to understand sex without love. She begins her poem with the ironic question, “How do they do it, the ones who make love without love?”(233). In attempting to understand the seeming contradiction of those who “make love without love”, Sharon compares sex without love to ice-skating and running. Shortly after the opening of the poem, the author compares the sport of couple’s ice skating to sex. This is not as far fetched as it initially sounds. She describes the beauty of the elegance and smoothness of ice skaters as they glide together over the ice. However, despite the apparent intimacy and connection ice skaters exhibit while on the ice, it is merely a professional sport. What appears to be intimate is just physical. This is the same as casual sex. An act that appears to be the ultimate act of intimacy is just a physical act. In the poem, “fingers hooked inside each other’s bodies”(233)
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