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

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Comment 78 of 278, added on January 21st, 2008 at 6:15 AM.

I read the poem differently. To me it seemed terribly sad. It showed a
marriage where all sentiment, love and regard has long since left. "I ate
the plums. I assume you wanted them. They were good." Their entire
relationship stripped down to petty acts and comments devoid of human
feeling for a one time loved one.

jim gallman from United States
Comment 77 of 278, added on January 10th, 2008 at 2:08 PM.

i have laughed
my heart out
from my

and which
i couldnt stop
they made me cry

forgive me
i could not
contain my

Samantha from United States
Comment 76 of 278, added on January 1st, 2008 at 9:12 PM.

I'll tell you what this poem is about.

It's about living in the moment. The narrator ate the plum which he knew
that the "audience" was saving for breakfast. Instead of thinking about
things and the audience's feelings, he decided to act in the moment and eat
the plum. He didn't think about the consequences but just the feeling he
had when he ate the plum-- "they were delicious/so sweet/and so cold."

The narrator accepts what he does not let it get it in his way by asking
for forgiveness instead of hiding what he has done.

This poem is a call to people to live life in the moment and don't let good
opportunities pass.

George from United States
Comment 75 of 278, added on December 13th, 2007 at 9:08 PM.

I think this poem is about taking someone's innocence. And that person was
saving it for marriage. And the speaker, is not really sorry.

Marcelia from United States
Comment 74 of 278, added on September 13th, 2007 at 3:25 PM.

I think that we may juxtapose the guilt about eating the plums with the
guilt about eating the apple of knowledge by Adam. In this sense, the
person for whom the speaker had left the note may be seen as a "friend who
understands"; God here would be seen as somebody distant and severe

Annie from Poland
Comment 73 of 278, added on August 29th, 2007 at 7:58 PM.

Some of you guys are spending too much time reading into a "poem" by WCW
that is just explaining a bit of fruit.
"This is just to say" clearly says that there is no hidden meaning...it's
just a note to inform the intended that their breakfast was gone...

Comment 72 of 278, 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 278, 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 278, 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 278, added on May 18th, 2007 at 11:52 AM.

i love this poem man

tu mam from United States

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Poet: William Carlos Williams
Poem: This Is Just To Say
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