We love this poem for its sheer deliciousness. It reads like a piece of the most beautifully written found poetry — a note taped to the icebox door. Succinct, simple, and yet juicy, the limited lines profess a narrative far beyond what actually exists on the page.
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
The poem’s theme is very simple; it is asking for his wife’s forgiveness for having eaten the plums. He knows that it was selfish of him to eat them, because he put his own needs before hers. So he wants her to be aware of this. But the plums’ appearance was so beautiful and enticing that he just had to eat them!
Its tone is gentle, tender and loving; in just a few words the poet asks his wife to forgive him but explains that their appeal was just so strong that he couldn’t resist. The words are a note that he left for her, in order to tell her that he cares for her, and the reader gets the feeling that their marriage is a loving one.
FIGURE OF SPEECH IN “This is Just to Say”
W.C. Williams uses Apostrophe to addresses his absent wife. His words speak to her as if she was there, even though she is not: “Forgive me/they were delicious/so sweet/and so cold” (Williams 9-12). The use of Apostrophe supports both the theme and the tone of the poem because when you read the words, you sense how the wife would feel when she reads them.
“EXPECTATIONS” OF FREE VERSE AS POETRY FORM:
• Has NO set expectations or rigid form of traditional poetry
• Poet can use any typographic and visual layout he chooses
• Poem doesn’t have to have any stanzas
• Punctuation is totally up to poet’s