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... on “Sex Without Love” by Sharon Olds. American poet Sharon Olds has produced many popular collections of poems in recent years and none is more striking than her 1984 poem entitled “Sex Without Love.” This is a masterful poem which challenges sociological, stylistic and cultural conventions.
It has been pointed out that the poem provides a contrast between “emotional coldness and physical heat” (Sutton, 1997, p. 177). References to “ice-skaters” (Olds, 1984, line 3), and runners who relish “the road surface, the cold, the wind” Olds, 1984, line 19) provides a critical appreciation of sex in modern society in its deliberate rejection of warm human to human relationships in favor of the clinical foc...