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

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Comment 72 of 252, added on August 28th, 2007 at 11:23 PM.

You've all got it all wrong. This guy is talking about having an affair
with somebody else's neglected wife. I've got an entire interpretation of
it written down but it's not really... 'appropriate.'

Kory X. from United States
Comment 71 of 252, added on May 23rd, 2007 at 8:21 PM.

I did this for English class and it is a representative of life!

Haven't you ever done something that you weren't supposed and that the
person wouldn't appreciate? But you would do it again if you had to because
of the rewards?

This is that type of situation. The poet says "forgive me", but does he
really mean it?

John from United States
Comment 70 of 252, added on May 22nd, 2007 at 1:37 PM.

this is an imagist poem which means he was just trying to make you see a
picture there is no deeper meaning!

Kati Johnson from Armenia
Comment 69 of 252, added on May 18th, 2007 at 11:52 AM.

i love this poem man

tu mam from United States
Comment 68 of 252, added on May 10th, 2007 at 4:54 PM.

I think this poem has to do with having sex that was supposed to be saved
before marriage but was pleasing at that time.

Darkdestea from United States
Comment 67 of 252, added on March 27th, 2007 at 9:06 PM.

feel what the writer feels,I guess perhaps he just want to say"sorry"

YU from China
Comment 66 of 252, added on March 20th, 2007 at 5:12 PM.


Andy Blake from United States
Comment 65 of 252, added on March 5th, 2007 at 11:55 PM.

This poem relates to me the importance of sharing; whether it be love
between one another, or even fruit for a meal in the morning for the two or
many. The author may be sorry he ate the fruit both of them would share,
which brings up even more analytical points about lost love, lust, and
abandonment but I don't wish to go into that.
This is a man who wants to be Forgiven though he is not sorry, but he I
think he would not be hurt if his wife was angry with him.

Katie! from United States
Comment 64 of 252, added on March 1st, 2007 at 1:34 PM.

I think it interesting how a few of the more recent posters attribute some
malevolence to the narrator of this poem. I have loved this poem for a long
time and that never ocurred to me. From the tone and the beautiful
sensuality of it I have always had the impression that the note-writer and
it's intended reader love each other very much, and that the writer knows
the reader will forgive him. He just couldn't help himself from eating the
luscious fruit. She/he will understand, even though she probably wanted the
fruit for herself, and be happy that he enjoyed it so. He owns up to what
he did, though perhaps he coild have gotten away without that, and by so
doing he shares some of his experience with her and so gives it back to her
in a way.

I can't say that one interpretation is better than another, though I'll
admit I like mine more!

Glynis from United States
Comment 63 of 252, added on February 23rd, 2007 at 3:38 PM.

Read "Variations on a theme by William Carlos Williams" by Kenneth Koch...a
wonderful parody! Just as simple/lovely as the original in its own twisted

Christina 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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