sex without love

sex without love - your own best time That is not the way...

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Henk Meijers English 200 Professor DeSmith November 20, 2007 Poem Analysis: Sex Without Love This poem, by Sharon Olds, asks the question, how can people, “make love without love?” Olds is addressing the issue of casual sex that is so prevalent in this day and age. She asks this question in a way that makes the very idea of loveless sex completely absurd. This can be seen in her wording, “making love without love.” Right from the beginning we can tell that Olds feels that the act of sex without love is a senseless one. In the eighteenth line of the poem, Olds describes the lovers as athletes. “They are like great runners: they know they are alone.” For them sex is like a sport, and not a team one where you work together, but a individual sport like running, where it is just you and
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Unformatted text preview: your own best time. That is not the way lovemaking should be. It is a gift and an expression of love between two people. It is not just about you. It is about you and your partner. We are not a “single body alone in the universe.” Olds also discuses the results of sex without love. “…wet as the children at birth whose mothers are going to give them away.” She says this six lines into the poem. It is clear that this is one of the biggest problems of loveless lovemaking. Sex is primarily to procreate and unless you are with someone you love and are willing to raise a child with you should really think hard about what you are doing, and what you should be doing....
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course ENG 200 taught by Professor Desmith during the Fall '08 term at Dordt College.

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