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What does the poem this is just to say mean?

Last Updated: 11th May, 2020

"This is Just to Say", by William Carlos Willaims, is a satire poem about a man eating a plum that was someone else's and then apologizing for it. Within the few lines of this poem, Williams still manages to set the setting through the poem by two words: plums and ice box.

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Keeping this in view, what is the structure of the poem this is just to say?

The Poem. William Carlos Williams's “This Is Just to Say” contains three stanzas, each composed of four short lines. No line exceeds three words. In the first stanza, the narrator-writer of a memorandum asserts that he has eaten plums that were in the icebox.

Subsequently, question is, who is the speaker in the poem this is just to say? William Carlos Williams

Also to know, what is the theme of the poem this is just to say?

Guilt. Before our speaker eats the plums, he knows he shouldn't, that someone else is saving them for a delicious breakfast they'll never get to have. So, the entire poem is a note of apology, in which the speaker asks for apology and expresses his guilt.

What fruit does Williams mentioned in this is just to say?

The things in this poem happen to be plums and yes, there's no doubting, all the ideas seem to spring from this delicious, juicy, cool fruit.

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  • and which. you were probably. saving. for breakfast.
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