This Is Just To Say Poem by William Carlos Williams

This Is Just To Say

Rating: 3.6

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

Lamont Palmer 12 August 2010

In reality, this isn't a poem but merely a couple of remarks. It never should've been seen (not to mention HAILED) as a poem. Its funny how WCW accused Eliot of taking poetry out of the hands of the 'people' through using dense language and obscure allusions. But I feel WCW did much more to ruin poetry's 'popularity' by ridding it of music and meter, by making it so plain as to be 'unmemorable.' At least Eliot kept the rhythms and the sense of meter. Williams changed the art of poetry completely - thus watering it down. -LP

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shelley 28 December 2021

Read a haiku, then looks at some paintings, understand some cognitive archeology, study a bit of buddhism, maybe throw in some hindu literature and you'll have an answser. but I we could be wrong.

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Georgios Venetopoulos 17 September 2014

This write cannot be called a poem. It is not even a piece of literature but only a random, very common thought.

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Wayne Cunningham 21 December 2017

Who died and made you God? I'm confounded by statements like this. Why do you need a poem definition? Some of the most common thoughts and feelings have made the most profound poetry. Shall I part my hair behind?

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jim hoigg 22 February 2021

Agreed, Georgios. If a random member of the public had written the above words I suspect they'd have been less highly regarded. As for the Eliot except below: on it's own it's insignificant. The whole poem, however, is quite a different story.

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S. Wesley Mcgranor 28 February 2021

I hope you have learned a lesson.

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Fathimathul Hanna 28 February 2021

Exquisitely woven poem❤️

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Gillena Cox 28 February 2021

The appeal to the senses is amazing. The reader is left to savor, colour, taste and the fleeting delight of a few plums which are cold and must have been sweet, he having eaten more than one.

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Jannatul Merry 25 February 2021

Forgive me they were delicious so sweet and so cold

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bri edwards 24 February 2021

if the author calls this a poem, i'd be curious to see what he'd serve me if i asked for a hamburger! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! bri

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