Sex without love poem by Sharon Olds Research Assignment (Essay Sample)
Topic: Sex without love poem by Sharon Olds
The first two paragraphs MUST paraphrase the poems actual meaning/theme. It should include the authors complete name, name of the poem in quotation marks, the year the poem was written/published and at least TWO direct quotes from the poem as support.
The next to paragraphs should explain how the poem and the images connect and why you chose them. There should be at least one quoted line from the poem in this section.
I need to pick a picture that represents the poem. It can't be literal, for example with this poem it can't be a picture of a heart showing love.
A works cited page is not required but if you include one I will receive 5 extra credit points.
Sex without love poem by Sharon Olds
“Sex without love”, a poem written by Sharon Olds published in 1984. People in a loveless relationship do not have warm and close relations as they each have their selfish reasons for staying together. Even as they make love they focus on their performance just like ice skaters and dancers. “Beautiful as dancers/ gliding over each other like ice-skaters” (“Olds” 2-3). This illustrates even when there is direct physical contact there is no meaningful interaction just like dancers who are merely partnered but are not a couple. Lovers in a loveless relationship are close and apart simultaneously interested in pleasure and less likely to compromise, and Olds states Olds states, “faces red as steak, wine” (6)
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To further highlight that loveless love is possible Olds alluded to purist religious people who derive enlightenment and faith for their belief in God and not the religious figures. Olds states, “These are the true religious/ the purists, the pros, the ones who will not/ accept a false Messiah.” (13-15). However, the selfish lovers merely seek pleasure as though they are runners. “Priest instead of the God. They do not/ mistake the lover for their pleasure/ they are like great runner” (“Olds”16-18). This indicates that the lovers do not a...
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