"This is Just to Say"--Analysis of Criminality
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The author of this essay argues that the poem "This is Just to Say" seems simplistic on a first reading. The author further contends that on the contrary, with some leaps and bounds of the imagination, the reader can extract many criminal like ideas from within the text. He describes this poem encapsulating an apologetic theme, in which its verses are wrapped in many elements associated with William Carlos William's criminality.
From the Paper:"It is true that many critics over the last hundred years have theorized and disputed the ambiguities associated with the works of William Carlos Williams. On the surface, "This Is Just To Say", one of Williams' most famous works, is a simple confession of wrong doing: the poet has eaten someone else's plums. As Peter Brooks has observed, Williams' poem is deeply concerned with questions of justice and criminality. Although the poet "confesses", however insincere, and illustrates several aspects of guilt; the demeanor in which the confession is delivered resists an element of closure. In short, Williams' poem "This Is Just To Say" is hardly case closed.
With an extremely innovative and unprecedented critical analysis of this simple apology, an onslaught of criminalistic elements can be withdrawn:
This Is Just To Say
I have eaten
that were in
you were probably
they were delicious
and so cold
-1934 by William Carlos Williams
First time through this work, readers are often puzzled by the poem's simplicity. Many readers have a tough time grasping the fact that this poem, plainly read, is about somebody unsympathetically apologizing to another person for eating his/her plums. On the contrary, with some leaps and bounds of the imagination, one can extract many criminal like ideas from within the text. As previously stated, this poem encapsulates an apologetic theme; in which its verses are wrapped in many elements associated with author's criminality. As Brooks shows, Paul de Man's analysis of the circularity of confession reverses the cause/effect relationship usually associated with confession. According to de Man, it is not guilt that leads to confession, but confession that "creates the guilt that the act of confessing requires" ( Brooks 156)."
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