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Analysis and comments on Sex Without Love by Sharon Olds

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Comment 7 of 462, added on November 24th, 2011 at 1:53 AM.

Wow I must cofness you make some very trenchant points.

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Comment 6 of 462, added on December 18th, 2010 at 3:30 PM.

hi, ı m looking for some shared themes between robert lowell and
sharon olds. do yuo have any idea?

yasin from Turkey
Comment 5 of 462, added on April 9th, 2009 at 2:17 AM.

Richard, poetry is art. Art has no rules. You're expectations for poetry is
subjective. Everything you said, is subject and relative to you. Try to
remember before you go off on a tangent.

Comment 4 of 462, added on March 22nd, 2006 at 9:41 AM.

i really enjoyed this poem because i can relate to it completely. I think
we all can at some point in our lives. i had to do an english assignment on
sharon olds and wrote a poetic response to this poem, which could just have
the same topic. Just wanted to let everyone out there know that i may be
coming out with a book soon. It is called "Simple Crazy Misc." It will
probably have my poetic response in it.

jessica mayabb from United States
Comment 3 of 462, added on November 7th, 2005 at 11:58 PM.

Seattle.Monday.7November.2005 11pm or so, P.S.T.,

If you read the poem as I did, as having the title: "Love Without Sex",
instead of how it should be, which is: "Sex Without Love", then you misread
the entire meaning of the poem, and the consequence is that your
commentary, that is, MY commentary, is totally wrong... and mine certainly
is, in the Commentary #2, dated 11.07.2005, at about 9:55pm.

Due to my accidental reversal, I assumed the poet's voice, Ms. Olds, to be
an advocate of the words, rather than it's opposite-- the ironic voice
showing how absurd and gross those persons are, who indulge in sex, with
love, without caring about anyone except themselves, and who are, "like

So this commentary, #3, also dated 11.07.2005, is not directed toward the
poem--I shall need to do that soon, in order to correct my mistake-- but
rather is written in apology to Ms. Olds, for my having jumped to a
conclusion, based upon my careless reversal of the title of the poem. So
apologies all around... I must needs make amends... and consider this a
start on that duty and obligation.

The poem, Sex Without Love, IS indeed a poem, and even though it is not my
emotional favorite, as I am fond of saying.... it still does not deserve my
diatribe, as presented in Commentary # 2. So I rescind my remarks from
Commentary #2, having "slapped myself up- side the head" and, with
embarrassment, I say, as Admiral Haig once did: Everything's fine here... I
am in control"... It's too bad too, 'cuz I was really on a roll, there.
Alas. Say "Goodnight", Gracie. Hmmm, ok, George. "Goodnight, Gracie"...

yours truly,
Richard Battersea, artist

Richard Battersea from United States

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Poet: Sharon Olds
Poem: Sex Without Love
Volume: The Riverside Anthology of Literature
Year: 1985
Added: Feb 20 2003
Viewed: 1220 times
Poem of the Day: Jul 18 2008

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