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

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Comment 34 of 224, added on September 18th, 2005 at 7:29 PM.

Agreed -- this poem is really terribly romantic. The teasing tone is what
really gets to me. I imagine that this is from one spouse to his
wife/partner of many years -- to be able to flirt and tease after lots of
time is just wonderful.
And what kills me is that you know the spouse is probably happy that he
enjoyed the plums.

Catherine from United States
Comment 33 of 224, added on September 14th, 2005 at 4:11 PM.

If you really think about the meaning if this poem, it really is one of the
romantic and fabulous poems I have ever had the privilege of reading.

Emily from United Kingdom
Comment 32 of 224, added on September 10th, 2005 at 4:02 AM.

I think that this poem is in fact a simple love poem. The "forgive me" is
ironic because he knows his wife/partner will not be angry at him. He knows
that she loves him and his apology is not sincere. The imagist form of the
peom helps highlight the fact that this note is a token of love from a man
to his loved one.

Linzi from United Kingdom
Comment 31 of 224, added on September 9th, 2005 at 10:55 PM.

i think this poem, william wrote to apologize to his wife or his friend
that he made some mistake to them. william has used short words and short
sentences to the readers can understand easily.

araya from Thailand
Comment 30 of 224, added on September 3rd, 2005 at 4:02 PM.

SEX. This poem is about sex, and arguably about taking a girls virginity
and how a man feels afterwards. Men feel sorry for taking such a sweetness,
but we do it anyways.

Ogden from United States
Comment 29 of 224, added on July 31st, 2005 at 3:04 PM.

It's about temptation and giving in to it, and Williams really wondering if
that is such a bad thing. Maybe the moments we give into temptation are
those stolen illicit moments in which we are most alive. So it's about
plums (luscious perfection), and restraint (the key to a successful
marriage and domestic harmony), perhaps the yearning toward adultery, and
the desire for forgiveness by someone who isn't quite sure it's truly wrong
to succumb to his desires. After all,life is only lived once and the plums
"were delicious, so sweet and so cold."

Brandon Block from United Kingdom
Comment 28 of 224, added on July 16th, 2005 at 3:14 AM.

i believe that meaning is created through the interaction
of the poem and the reader himself.In other words,each person will analyze
this poem according to his own perception.To me,this poem is about revenge
... take a minute and think about it ...

Scars from Lebanon
Comment 27 of 224, added on July 8th, 2005 at 4:58 AM.

..you look at the poem so literally. i think this is about a husband eating
his wife's plums. i think this is about someone who was pained by someone
else's indifference, to put it lightly. this is obvious in the why the last
word, which is 'cold', resonates when you read the poem. the word icebox
supports this, as well as the choice of plum.

americans don't eat plums for breakfast, as you said.well, plum was used
here to signify pain, because as you may know, the color of plum is purple,
which connotes a dark, sad feeling.

light from Philippines
Comment 26 of 224, added on July 6th, 2005 at 5:56 AM.

To those numerous comentors that say this poem is crap i feel you are
ignorant, un-educated and lack vision. Which seems to be most of the
American population. You say your from andorra or algeria but i know
better. I apologise to all those americans out there that aren't like your
general population for saying what i'm saying because i know it's you that
are carrying the succes of american literature, you are the appreciators.
Why go on to a site about poetry to say it's crap? That's rediculous.
Anyway about the poem. A simple poem that yet could mean so many things, so
many things. i think it's a work of art it's so simple and trivial at first
glance but then you just think about it i cant get it out of my head, all
the things it could mean, all the images it invokes. Sometimes the shortest
and simplest of things are really the ones that hold the most value.

David from Australia
Comment 25 of 224, added on June 28th, 2005 at 1:33 AM.

Every great literacy work has a higher order meaning. The theme of this
poem really lies in the last 2 lines. The ending means 'so sweet and yet so
cold'. Could it be that the receiver of the note has been 'saving' the
forbidden fruit', which is a common biblical image in western literature?

Timothy from United Kingdom

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