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

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Comment 99 of 289, added on February 27th, 2011 at 5:46 PM.
Just a Poem

This is Just to Say is just a poem. It has been way overanalyzed. Did it
ever occur to you that maybe he is just describing the plums? some obvious
hints are: the title. THIS IS JUST TO SAY. He is just saying it, not giving
us the answers to life. Second, his wife actually wrote a reply. Do you
think that has some hidden meaning as well????

gee buttersnaps from United States
Comment 98 of 289, added on January 31st, 2011 at 7:06 PM.
bardzo dobrze

czemu nie:)

Plaurilla from United States
Comment 97 of 289, added on January 22nd, 2011 at 4:30 AM.
Jeg er enig

hvorfor ikke:)

Emegiatuikema from United States
Comment 96 of 289, added on September 21st, 2010 at 3:00 PM.
poetry analysis

I haven't read all comments re:this poem,but have PERSONALLY long regarded
it as a private communication between Williams + his wife...left in a
freakin' POST IT NOTE format!!!I believe he may be a genius in his "poetic
genre",but to his wife,he was her "HUSBAND",less formal + this was prob. a
literal,tongue-in-cheek note,showing HE didn't regard himself TOO

Lynne Nebbeling from United States
Comment 95 of 289, added on May 18th, 2010 at 9:57 PM.

this poem ROCKS

sabrina from United States
Comment 94 of 289, added on May 11th, 2010 at 2:22 PM.
This is just to comment.

I enjoy reading it as if it was written to some random person, and not ME.
I thought "the narrator in the poem is teasing the person mentioned".
However, when i think of myself as the person whose plums are eaten, i feel
used; somebody has eaten my plums. That depends on the person who has eaten
them ofcourse. Every person can have a different perspective and
interpretation of the poem- you maybe have more than one depending on the
situation. As I put the message in my own words: take care of what you
have, some thief may come and steal it from you. i wonder if you thought
about yourselves while reading this poem? I didn't when i fisrt read it!

Dilara Yozgatli from Turkey
Comment 93 of 289, added on May 10th, 2010 at 4:37 PM.

I also think this is a poem about forbidden things being more attracktive
and pleasurable, even though they create a sense of guilt during and/or
after the act itself. The narrator talks about how he couldn't resist to
the plums in the icebox, how cold and delicious they are; so basically how
pleasurable they are. Yet the plums are forbidden to him, because they are
someone else's breakfast, or at least they belong to someone else. He eats
them and discovers they are as good as they looked, but he feels the guilt
afterwards. He says he knew he shouldn't have eaten them but that they were
irresistibly good looking.

Zeynep Özarda from Turkey
Comment 92 of 289, added on May 9th, 2010 at 11:27 PM.
Different and Strange Analysis of the Poem by THE TAHA

Although it may sound like I am trying to be funny, this poem can be
interpreted very differently than the usual "the husband cheats on the
wife" way. It can be argued that, the man has been forced to eat the plums,
or do whatever the plums symbolises, because his wife has been preventing
him to access what he had done. His wife may be forcing him to fast, or she
may be deceiving him, or even she may be the one who is cheating. However
the situation is bad, the man still says that he is sorry for what he is
doing, and it feels wrong, but he has to do it or else he will die - the
lack of food and starvation is ended when he eats the plums. This comment
may seem silly or even ridiculous, but I after I thought on this poem, I
realized that it may be interpreted from another perspective.

Taha Zeki Ramazanoğlu from Turkey
Comment 91 of 289, added on May 9th, 2010 at 4:51 PM.
for non-fiction

This is a poem which enables the readers to sympathize with the situation.
It is a very simple poem, which talks about the appealing nature of plums
and an apology for eating them. I think the plums can be the symbol for
something stolen maybe, something very irresistible. Or it might symbolize
doing something which is forbidden. Either way, the poet apologizes for
what he've done, but does not regret it. I liked this poem because almost
everybody can relate to it, we've all had moments in our life which we've
done something wrong without any regret. The lack of punctuation also
indicates the simplicity of the poem, along with making it sketch-like.
Because it is not complicated and exaggerated, readers can relate to it
even more.

Gokce from Turkey
Comment 90 of 289, added on May 9th, 2010 at 2:10 PM.
response poem

Here is my response for nonfiction class...

This is Just to Try

I have torn
the fifth poem
that I wrote
in my notebook

and which
you would probably find
if you read

Forgive me Mr.Lovely
they were inefficacious
I was so tenderfeet
and unendowed

Alanur from Turkey

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