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

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Comment 102 of 292, added on December 23rd, 2011 at 4:12 PM.
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usabycandice from United States
Comment 101 of 292, added on December 11th, 2011 at 10:37 PM.


ana from United States
Comment 100 of 292, added on October 14th, 2011 at 5:21 PM.

"This is Just To Say"
This poem did what poems should do make the reader feel something, or try
to come up with what they think the poet is trying to tell you in a coded
message. But their is no hidden message HE ate the plums. The plums was not
for him to eat. He is now sorry to disapoint the owner of the plums.

Darkene Flournoy from United States
Comment 99 of 292, 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 292, added on January 31st, 2011 at 7:06 PM.
bardzo dobrze

czemu nie:)

Plaurilla from United States
Comment 97 of 292, added on January 22nd, 2011 at 4:30 AM.
Jeg er enig

hvorfor ikke:)

Emegiatuikema from United States
Comment 96 of 292, 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 292, added on May 18th, 2010 at 9:57 PM.

this poem ROCKS

sabrina from United States
Comment 94 of 292, 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 292, 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

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Poet: William Carlos Williams
Poem: This Is Just To Say
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: Nov 22 2008

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