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This Is Just To Say Analysis



Author: Poetry of William Carlos Williams Type: Poetry Views: 1055

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I have eaten

the plums

that were in

the iceboxand which

you were probably

saving

for breakfastForgive me

they were delicious

so sweet

and so cold






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I think that this poem is a type of a matter in fact kind of poem."just to say" I have eaten the plums that were in the ice box. and which you were saving for breakfast. forgive me they were delicious so sweet and so cold. this poem could of been saying matter of fact I cheated on you, the plums representing girls.

| Posted on 2015-05-11 | by a guest


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I think that this poem is a type of a matter in fact kind of poem."just to say" I have eaten the plums that were in the ice box. and which you were saving for breakfast. forgive me they were delicious so sweet and so cold. this poem could of been saying matter of fact I cheated on you, the plums representing girls.

| Posted on 2015-05-11 | by a guest


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I think the plum represents virginity. Breakfast is the first meal of the day, suggesting the first time you break virginity. One guy was with a girl and the girl was a virgin who she was going to break it with that same guy, but another guy could not hold back his desires and did it with her.

| Posted on 2015-02-25 | by a guest


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One thing I notice is that he says this is JUST to say. Other than the common interpretation, he could be saying this is right to say as in I must say this or as in I deserved those plums and by the end he felt sorry.

| Posted on 2014-06-21 | by a guest


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I think that the poem either refers to Adam and Eve or he is breaking up with her. Like people have said, the plums represent the fruit in the garden of eden. They ate the fruit that god was saving because they were too tempted. The repeated s noise represents the snake guarding the tree. The second theory is that the plums represent his lovers heart. He fell in love with her and stole her heart from her. She was saving them for breakfast, which is an important meal, meaning she was saving her heart for an important man. But the poet couldn't stop his desire and ended up breaking her heart. this is the note that he wrote to her when they broke up.

| Posted on 2014-06-21 | by a guest


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His poetry is showing the simplest expressions of everyday life have their own special phrasing and a kind of spontaneity.
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| Posted on 2014-04-28 | by a guest


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I think he was being sarcastic. Teasing her with the fact that he had eaten something she was saving. Not only telling her he ate the plums but rubbing it in her face how good the plums were.

| Posted on 2011-10-10 | by a guest


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Consider the possibility that this is all crap, and Williams is laughing in his grave watching everyone trying to analyze something so simple with such a clear message. Perhaps this is one of the greatest poems ever because it is a satire representing all the meaning readers try to give everything they read, we have to search for that meaning because literary meaning gives us a sense of fulfillment

| Posted on 2011-01-11 | by a guest


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I think it's a love poem to someone he cares about.

| Posted on 2010-07-12 | by a guest


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The plum refers to the garden of eden. It is an ironic poem and has a little bit of connotation in that the title is very simple, yet the underlying meaning is complex. It refers to Adam and Eve, throughout the whole poem. Forgive me for i have eaten the plum(Garden fruit)you were probably saving them for breakfast(God told them not to eat it) but they were so delicious, so sweet, and so cold(Adam and Eve were too tempted). THere is an alliteration of the s sound. It seems there is a feeling of guilt left but it seems as if the author would do it all over again if they could.

| Posted on 2010-06-02 | by a guest


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there is no puncuation... its as if he were writing quickly. Maybe a note to a lover (almost condesending...)

| Posted on 2010-01-03 | by a guest


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he ate the plums.. and enjoyed them... and hes sorry thats all this poem is.. an captured mental image of a the scene

| Posted on 2009-02-06 | by a guest


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The break down of the poem:
Taylor A.
The person had a affair with a women in a high place and felt bad but enjoyed it!
plums: fruit of desire/sexual innuendo
color of plum: purple, color of royalty and high office/a person held in the highest regards
plum:defined: shrub or small tree bearing fruit/ the fruit of said tree or shrub/ a raisin when added to a pudding or cake/ color, dark purple to deep reddish purple/ **something desirable**saving for breakfast: knowledge of sin and greed/ knows that the "plums" had a purpose, were planned on. saving for breakfast( the first meal of the day) [ saving for? love, sex, intimacy, virginity?]forgive me they were delicious, so sweet and so cold... almost sounds sad, the words tug at your chest, so cold...cold: defined: having a low temperature/ without appeal to the senses or feelings; depressing/ not affectionate or friendly; aloof/ *without sexual desire*
did he take what was not his to take? yes, he admits it. does he feel genuinely sorry for his crime? his words say that in his sin he found a satisfaction, and that fulfillment came with the act of taking
The desire, or plum, was within reach. Even with knowledge of selfishness and lack of consideration, the desired objects are taken and great satisfaction comes from what was forbidden
its amazing what can be pulled out of a note left on someone's fridge.

| Posted on 2008-10-02 | by a guest




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