This Is Just To Say

By William Carlos Williams 1883–1963
I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
saving
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

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)

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Poet William Carlos Williams 1883–1963

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

SCHOOL / PERIOD Imagist

Subjects Living, Marriage & Companionship, Love, Realistic & Complicated, Activities, Eating & Drinking, Relationships, Family & Ancestors, Home Life, Men & Women

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 William Carlos Williams

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William Carlos Williams has always been known as an experimenter, an innovator, a revolutionary figure in American poetry. Yet in comparison to artists of his own time who sought a new environment for creativity as expatriates in Europe, Williams lived a remarkably conventional life. A doctor for more than forty years serving the New Jersey town of Rutherford, he relied on his patients, the America around him, and his own . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Marriage & Companionship, Love, Realistic & Complicated, Activities, Eating & Drinking, Relationships, Family & Ancestors, Home Life, Men & Women

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

SCHOOL / PERIOD Imagist

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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