This Is Just To Say by William Carlos Williams

POEM OF THE WEEKBy 2021-10-11T14:02:12-04:00October 4th, 2021|

This Is Just To Say

By William Carlos Williams

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox


and which
you were probably
for breakfast


Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold



William Carlos Williams was born in 1883, the first of two sons of an English father and a Puerto Rican mother of French, Dutch, Spanish, and Jewish ancestry, and he grew up in Rutherford, New Jersey. He was a medical doctor, poet, novelist, essayist, and playwright.

Though his career spread slowly during the 1920s and 30s, he became an inspiration to the Beat generation in the 1950s and 60s. He was 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 in America.

His major works include Kora in Hell (1920); Spring and All (1923); Pictures from Brueghel and Other Poems (1962), which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize; the five-volume epic Paterson (1963, 1992); and Imaginations (1970). Williams died in his sleep on March 4, 1963.