In William Carlos Williams’ poem, This is Just to Say one point of view states that he is describing a letter that he left for his significant other. The letter describes the plums he has eaten, and how he is sorry that he has eaten them because he knew they his partner was looking forward to eating them, but they were just so delectable and he had to have them. Some may say that he is sorry for eating the plums, but others say that he is being, ironic, playful, and flirty.
The last stanza states:
they were so delicious
and so cold” (Williams 19).
When Williams is describing the flavor and the freshness of the plums, it is almost as he is being playful and teasing his partner about how good they were. Maybe Williams feels a little guilty about eating them. Were they supposed to be shared? This stanza can also give readers an inside look into his personal life. Is Williams a playful stud who is constantly eating plums?
Another point of view the reader can take is that of starvation. This poem was written in 1934 which was the time of the Great Depression. Is the writer truly apologetic because he knows that the plums were the only food left in the house? The same stanza that is written above can be seen as a true apology, maybe even from a child. The words “forgive me” can portray a sense of innocence to the reader.
The plums in the poem could symbolize temptation as well. Let’s be honest here, plums are a great fruit, but are they worth leaving a letter over?
In the end, we may never know what Williams means, but what we do know is that the plums are gone.