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  • Sharon Olds' The Possessive

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    has been taught to them from birth and shed their former youthful façades? Do they turn on their mothers? In Sharon Olds’ poem, “The Possessive,” the reader is finally introduced to the female version of the popular coming-of-age theme as a simple haircut becomes a symbol for the growing breach between mother and daughter through the use of striking images and specific word choice. Olds begins the correlation of the daughter’s haircut and the idea of war early on in the poem. The reader is first

  • Analysis of the Poem, 35/10, by Sharon Olds

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    In the poem, “35/10” by Sharon Olds, the speaker uses wistful and jealous tones to convey her feeling about her daughter’s coming of age. The speaker, a thirty-five year old woman, realizes that as the door to womanhood is opening for her ten year old daughter, it is starting to close for her. A wistful tone is used when the speaker calls herself, “the silver-haired servant” (4) behind her daughter, indicating that she wishes she was not the servant, but the served. Referring to herself as her

  • The Possessive - Empty Nest

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    The Possessive - Empty Nest A nest lies empty on top a forked branch of an old oak tree. Last spring children play, young lovers whisper into each others ear, and the elderly relax under that tree. When they do, they can hear the quiet chirps of little hungry baby blue-jays. The little blue-jays chirp until the mother blue-jay returns with food . Afterwards, one attempts to fly and fall out of the nest. The mother blue-jay then quickly swoops down and catches the little one before he hits the

  • Symbolism In Sharon Olds's Last Night By Sharon Olds

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    to what the speaker seems to say about last night. In the poem “Last Night” by Sharon Olds, the narrator uses symbolism and sexual innuendo to reflect on her lust for her partner from the night before. The narrator refers to her night by stating, “Love? It was more like dragonflies in the sun, 100 degrees at noon.” (2, 3) She describes it as being not as great as she imagined it to be and not being love, but lust. Olds uses lust, sex and symbolism as the themes in the story about “Last night”. A

  • Rite of Passage by Sharon Olds

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    Rite of Passage by Sharon Olds Who is the birthday party a rite of passage for, the birthday boy or his mother? In the poem, "Rite of Passage," by Sharon Olds, the speaker, who is a mother, goes into detail about her son's birthday party celebration. Let us first begin by analyzing the title of the poem, "Rite of Passage," Encyclopedia Britannica describes a rite of passage as a ceremonial event, existing in all historically known societies, that marks the passage from one social or religious status

  • Irony In Sharon Olds's Loss Of Passage By Sharon Olds

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    Loss of Innocence In “Rite of Passage,” The author, Sharon Olds, introduces the idea that “rites of passage” exist in all cultures. In addition to defining the milestones people celebrate, one’s culture dictates what rituals are used to celebrate these milestones. In the poem “Rite of Passage,” Sharon Olds addresses a boy’s loss of innocence through the use of imagery, similes and irony to suggest that the loss of innocence is necessary when transitioning from boyhood to manhood. The author

  • Analysis Of 'The Promise' By Sharon Olds

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    to make of ending life when it has no meaning left would be daunting. In the poem “The Promise” by Sharon Olds, this is what is asked of her, and not only of her but

  • Analysis Of The Victims By Sharon Olds

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    In Sharon Old’s “The Victims,” the narrator highlights the effects of divorce as perceived by him or her as a child. Throughout the poem the narrator clearly seems to hold resentment toward his parents’ divorce. As the parents split, the effect of divorce is made clear—everyone in a family becomes the victim of a divorce, and that there is no clear winner or loser; there is only grief and pain. Although the father is criticized early in the poem, the tone later shifts towards distaste of the mother

  • Sharon Old Last Night Poem

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    In Sharon Old 's poem "Last Night " an erotic encounter between a man and women takes the reader through a rollercoaster of emotions in only a matter of seconds. Initially, the assumption could be made that this poem is a love poem, which it may be. But it is also a poem about an encounter with nature, graced with a feminine tone as it is being told through the women’s’ point of view. Olds uses descriptive metaphors and symbolic points drawn from nature, while also applying violent imagery and grammar

  • Sex Without Love by Sharon Old

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    Sharon Olds’ poem “Sex Without Love” wonders at the ability for two people to have sex and not involve emotions or pretenses of love. The poem argues that it is better to have sex without love under the premise that love is a false savior for people, and everyone is all alone anyhow. In other words, the claim is that personal interactions do not serve a purpose other than being a distraction, and they will inevitably end. However, the notion that attachment and love are false hopes for people and