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Analysis and comments on This Is Just To Say by William Carlos Williams

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Comment 58 of 228, added on March 30th, 2006 at 10:30 PM.

also the only word capitalized other than I is "Forgive" which shows that
forgiveness is probably the most important theme in the poem.

nolan from United States
Comment 57 of 228, added on March 30th, 2006 at 10:24 PM.

if there is any symbolism in this note about eating someone's plums, it is
edenic. the plums are the forbidden fruit, the taste and feel are the
temptation(snake), and the ultimate forgiver is god. personally i think he
just spaced a note awkwardly and called it a poem. (its just a sentence
with white space)

nolan from United States
Comment 56 of 228, added on March 30th, 2006 at 6:13 PM.

i hate plums but this poem makes me want to eat one and u people talkin
about sacred fruit gimme a break u guys must have your heads up your ...
thinkin that one up

sean from Canada
Comment 55 of 228, added on March 22nd, 2006 at 4:30 AM.

Forget the contents of the poem and focus more on the concept of it. The
poem is like an apologetic theory or algorithm that can be applied to any
kind of apology or repentance. The contents itself focus more on visual
elements - the poem being from the visual era. When you read it, you
picture the plums in your 'minds eye' the adjectives sweet and cold, also
provoke your imaginative stimuli. Was this analysis to deep? The product of
deep analysis leads to misinterpretation and is not always the correct
answer. Keep it simple. All that rubbish about sacred fruit and virginity?
I mean really.......

Joshua from South Africa
Comment 54 of 228, added on March 20th, 2006 at 3:33 AM.

The greatest thing about being a critic, is that you're never wrong. Poetry
is not about method, it's about feeling. The greatest poem touches the
heart, escaping the mind' which rapes it's purity. This is just to
say...........escaped my mind, almost touching my heart. Almost.

Donn from Taiwan
Comment 53 of 228, added on March 8th, 2006 at 2:33 PM.

this good poem. i read this in 12th grade. me really good at reading poem.

KIMMY from United States
Comment 52 of 228, added on March 8th, 2006 at 2:33 PM.

this is a great poem i think everyone should read it.. it awesome.

shane from United States
Comment 51 of 228, added on February 15th, 2006 at 9:19 PM.

50 posts and only once is the idea of "forbidden fruit" invoked. This
suprises me, as it seems pretty obvious.

What made the plums so delicious? I have eaten plums, and while they can be
tasty, i have never felt compelled to share my plum experiances with the
world. Could the fact that these plums were being saved for some other
purpose have fueled Williams' enjoyment of them? Eating plums is one
experiance, but eating forbidden fruit is something different.



dohr from United States
Comment 50 of 228, added on January 28th, 2006 at 3:30 PM.

This poem does have a certain beauty in its simplicity, but if it is
intended as a metaphor for the loss of virginity it is less than
successful. The speaker has initiated action independently, and clearly
without the consent of the plums' owner. Therefore, if the poem is about
the loss of virginity, it is about a rape. However, the first stanza is a
simple declaration - and if the poem is an apology for a rape, there would
be no need to inform the woman that she had been raped.
The outside reader, of course, would need to know, but the same
information could be conveyed much more artfully by the omission of much of
the first stanza, leaving something like this:

You were probably
saving your
plums in the icebox
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet, and
so cold

No, there is no metaphor of lost virginity in the poem. It is, as mentioned
in previous posts, the transformation of a simple, everyday event into a
simple poem, whose beauty comes from its very simplicity.
My only critique of the poem, as such, comes from the facile nature of
such writing. A rectangle is beautiful in its simplicity, but it takes no
great skill to draw one - simple poems are much the same.

This is Just to Say

I have been
searching
through your poem
for meaning

but I
have been unable
to find it

Forgive me, William
if I think
your poem
senseless


Patrick from United States
Comment 49 of 228, added on January 10th, 2006 at 7:35 PM.

I love this poem. This it the poem that really started me on poetry.
I think its about rape, or someone stealing someone else virginity, while,
yes, he feels remorse. He still craves more.

Rachel from United States

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Poet: William Carlos Williams
Poem: This Is Just To Say
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