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This Is Just To Say is a snapshot of a poem, a moment in time, a tiny field of 28 words, 37 syllables, 3 stanzas.. The title reads like a first line and there's a temptation to follow straight on into the poem proper. Almost before you know it, you've finished reading, perfectly reflecting the quick burst of energy that created the poem in the first place.


The title of this poem seems like it could have been the first line. When you read the poem aloud, the title and the first line flow together nicely. Some people say that this poem is supposed to b...


‘This is Just to Say’ by William Carlos Williams is a three stanza poem that is separated into sets of four lines, or quatrains.The lines are limited to one or two words only, spoken by a first person narrator. As is common within Williams’ writing, there is no punctuation.


Poem Analysis Part 1 . The poet says that “This is Just to Say” that he has eaten the plums that were in the icebox.There is no formal beginning in the poem. The poet simply confesses in the note that he just wants to tell his wife that he has eaten the plums that she might have kept in the icebox.


“This Is Just to Say” by William Carlos Williams encourages interpretations. When asked about the poem, the poet referred to the meter of the poem rather than its meaning. The poet was a part ...


This is Just to Say by William Carlos Williams is a unique modern poem which shows that poetry can be about anything and everything. Moreover, it shows how really poetic simple and ordinary experiences can be. The poem takes as its subject a very ordinary event of daily and family life: the speaker confesses to his mother, or may be his wife, that he couldn't help eating plums kept in the kitc...


Perhaps, the poem hints, nothing is ever "just to say"—there are emotions and actions behind every word that is said. But, as with much in poetry, the meaning of the title, and the poem, is up to the reader.


William Carlos Williams,''This Is Just to Say'' from The Collected Poems: Volume I, 1909-1939, copyright ©1938 by New Directions Publishing Corp. Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corp. Source: The Collected Poems: Volume I, 1909-1939 (New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1991) More About this Poem.


This Is Just To Say Summary. We start out with the title of this poem, which could be telling us that this poem is written for no other reason than to say exactly what it says. Deep, right? And what it says is that the speaker ate the plums, which he thinks "you," someone who, we can guess, lives with the speaker, was saving for breakfast.


This Is Just To Say Introduction. William Carlos Williams may be most famous for his 1934 poem, "This Is Just To Say." Sure, his poem "The Red Wheelbarrow," is super famous, but "This Is Just To Say" has all the high drama of a soap opera with its juicy, shocking confession:The speaker has eaten all the plums! We'll pause for appropriate gasps.