The Constant Contemplation of Sharon Olds’ “Sex without Love” This poem dramatizes the conflict between the speakers opinions on sex, opposed to others. In this poem, Olds presents a speaker who is contemplating the mentalities and thought processes of people who are able to have sex without love, compared to themselves. Although no first person dialogue is presented in the poem, contrasting statements and implications of phrases used highlight how the speaker feels about the subject. The theme of the poem is largely one of personal contemplation and of human emotion. It focuses on understanding the concept of being alone, and somewhat hoping to be able to understand it from the speaker’s perspective as well.
The supposition drawn from this is that the subject in Harris’s poem is adapting to her constantly changing environment. The Harris poem challenges the audience to think abstractly by using strands to describe a young woman, who looks like “a bird with red waxed lips, and wearing a snake dress”. (9.10.13). From this analogy, it is evident that the subject presents herself to the world as carefree and independent. Modernism describes Realistic- Allegory as things or abstract ideas used to convey a message or teach a lesson.
By incorporating the metaphor, Olds conveys the struggles of trying to reach a destination. It is clear that as the daughter tries to move quicker, more obstacles are presented in her path. The first part of the poem demonstrates the fast pace in which the daughter maneuvers, however the second part focuses on the reaction of her when she sees her father. Olds states, "We
Throughout the poem, death is a major event as the writer states, “the affrighted steed ran on alone,” “These men were born to drill and die,” and “Raged at his breast, gulped and died.” The home is another theme which took place in the poem. The home is away from the battlefield but just because it's far away, doesn't mean it's not affected by war. The homes of the maiden, the babe, and the mother are broken into pieces. There is somebody missing in all of them which is a lover, a father, and a son. War doesn't just take lives nut it destroys homes and families as well.
When the author was younger, he would get up and see his father get up early on a Sunday morning, warm the house, and shine the son’s shoes, but he didn’t quite realize that his father is doing this out of love until he got older. In Sharon Old’s poem, the mother had trouble letting go of her daughter and seeing her grow up so fast, because to her, the daughter was still like a baby to her and she was not ready to let her go to become independent and maturing to be a older and responsible woman. She was also afraid of losing her responsibilities as a mother and a parent. The relationships between parents and children can ultimately lead to acceptance at the end. For example in the poem “ The Possessive, the mother accepted that her daughter is growing up.
Metaphorical language plays a vital role throughout the poem. The poet implants devices such as personification to better convey the moral of his piece. In the lines “Her hardest hue to hold, Her early leaf’s a flower” (line 2-3), nature has been referred to and personified as ‘her’, evidently transformed into a female
In ‘On My Songs’ by Wilfred Owen, his ideas about poetry and its importance are voiced throughout the duration of the poem. He does this by using various techniques like metaphors, diction, and personification amongst others. One of the main ideas we can gather from this poem is that he believes that poetry is a form of release. It begins with: ‘Though unseen Poets, many and many a time/ Have answered me as if they knew my woe/…fashioned so their rime…easing the flow/ Of my dumb tears’. In this quote, Owen seems to be paying homage to all the romantic poets (like Keats and Shelly) whose poetry has been able to soothe him and has even often resounded deeply with his situation or with the problems he was going through.
Sharon Olds wrote this poem to demonstrate her perspective of her parents wedding. In this poem, she shows her dislike towards her parents’ marriage. This commentary will discuss how Sharon Olds displays her disliking regarding her parents’ marriage, through this poem. The first thing that can be seen in this poem to the reader is that it has a free-verse structure and does not have rhyme scheme. The next aspect of the poem that would be seen by the reader is the title which is “I Go Back to May 1937”, this already gives the reader the impression that the author is going to be reminiscing about something in her past, in the case of this poem she was reflecting upon an event for which she had not been present for, her parents wedding.
Disregarding one’s affection in conflict of needing security within marriage is further presented in “A single man of large fortune, four or five thousand a year. What a fine thing for our girls!” as the exclamation and delighted tone portrayed exemplifies utilitarian purposes in seeking marriage. Weldon reinforces the practical value governing marriages in Austen’s context in the quote “women lived well by their husbands favour”, expressed through a condescending tone. This creates emphasis on the large dependency women held to their male counterparts, further highlighting the difficulty women faced within their marriages. However, in delving into the notion of marriage in ‘Letters to Alice’, an apparent progression in changing perspectives and ideals is exhibited, when Weldon comments “I took the broad and primrose Road to Hell, by going out with our father when he left and she stayed on the narrow, uphill path of righteousness…” expressively displaying an evident social progression.
Sharon Olds is a contemporary poet and is known for writing intensely personal, emotional and political poems. “Sex Without Love” is an erotic poem that captures the beauty of having meaningless sex without love or pleasure. Sharon Olds shows the reader that the sex described in the poem is a cold and lonely act by effectively using imagery and theme, but she also puts an emotional and personal feeling in the poem. In the beginning of the poem, the imagery created seemed like the poet was not criticizing having sex without love, but rather supporting it. The tone that was build up in the beginning was formal and made it seem like having sex without any pleasure is a beautiful act because the poet uses images like “beautiful dancers” and “ice skaters” who “glide”.