Sexual Revolution In Sharon Olds's Sex Without Love

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Aspects of the Sexual Revolution in Sharon Olds’s “Sex Without Love” When one reads a poem, he or she is not just reading words on a page. Those words have an origin, a meaning, a connection to something deeper than the shallow pages of a book. Many different things can inspire poetry: events, people, and sometimes even material objects. Whatever inspires a poem, it should be apparent in the work it influenced, and it definitely is very apparent in the works of renowned author and poet, Sharon Olds.
Just like many modern poets and artists, Sharon Olds uses her personal experiences to feed her creativity. By doing this, Olds’s works can connect to the reader either through their pity for her or through their relationship to the situation being described in the poem. These experiences transcend into her works, producing poems fueled by violence and eroticism as seen in her poem “Sex Without Love.” This poem is filled with steamy verses, stimulating lyrics, and suggestive imagery that makes the reader question where the inspiration for this poem originated from and why it was so important to Olds that she had to write about it.
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Raised in San Francisco, Olds was literally brought up in the birthplace of the Sexual Revolution; this gave her an opportunity to take full advantage of the situation she was in. Olds took the events of her surroundings, combined that with her childhood experiences, and took to paper to create her infamous poetry: poetry filled with personal takes on ideologies of the era in time, positive or negative. Olds’s “Sex Without Love” is highly influenced by her personal experiences and the contrasting ideologies of the Sexual

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