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

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Comment 60 of 240, added on April 17th, 2006 at 7:17 PM.

The simplicity of William's crime, eating the plums, just exeplifies the
lack of sincerity in the apology. He was probably trying to show how
apologies are more of execuses than anything else. The speaker isn't sorry
he ate the plums, which is obvious in his description of them, but he
probably doesn't want his friend mad at him. Maybe William's was sick of
getting lame apologies so he wrote this simple poem...

Jenn Webb from United States
Comment 59 of 240, added on April 1st, 2006 at 10:23 AM.

This poem really caught my attention! I think it is very weird but also
great :) ...free verse is so good. I recommend to read EE Cummings-I carry
your heart (thats my favorit)...

alexandra from Slovakia Republic
Comment 58 of 240, 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 240, 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 240, 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 240, 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 240, 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 240, 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 240, 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 240, 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

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Poet: William Carlos Williams
Poem: This Is Just To Say
Added: Feb 20 2003
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