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Sex Without Love by Sharon Olds passionately describes the authors disgust for casual sex She vividly animates the immortality of lustful sex through her language variety Olds clever use of imagery makes this poem come to life Olds frequently uses similes to make the audience imagine actual events For example Olds describes making love as Beautiful as dancers Line 2 In this line she questions how one can do such a beautiful act with a person whom one is not in love with Olds also describes sex as gliding over each other like ice skaters over the iceLine 34 She is referring to sex as a performance Imagine an ice skating performance Each ice skater is performing for judges and an audience to win an award Olds uses this simile to relate people performing for one another When two people truly are in love there is no need for any special show or performance Another simile the author uses is As wet as the children at birth whose mothers are going to give them away line 678 to simulate a sweaty lovemaking scene The simile light rising slowly as steam off their joined skin line 111213 can also be used to perceive the same image of a hot sweaty and passionate love making scene The author repeatedly questions how two people who are not in love can perform such a spiritual act The simile As wet as the children at birth whose mothers are going to give them away can also be used to represent the outcome of lustful copulation When two people engage in sexual activities a large percent of the mothers choose to ignore the outcome and either abort or give their children up for adoption Olds compares the lovers with great runners Line 18 In this simile she implies that lovers are alone with their own pleasures Olds questions this selfishness throughout the poem How can two people be
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