Response Paper on William Carlos Williams’ “This is Just to Say”

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Response Paper on William Carlos Williams’ “This is just to say”
There is character in the poetry of William Carlos Williams, but not many people can clearly articulate where this character and distinct tone comes from. According to Walton Litz and Christopher MacGowan, editors of The Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams: 1909-1939. Williams’ work has a distinctly American viewpoint, and one of “radical simplicity (Litz, MacGowan & Williams, 1991).” It is through the simple but impacting nature of the poem that the reader becomes moved and finds the Williams poem memorable. If there is one poet that adheres to a “read between the lines,” mentality, it is the remarkable poet William Carlos Williams. Through his poetry, the reader...
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In conclusion, William Carlos Williams is a seminal American poet who engineered a way of writing that was sparse in words and embellishment but rich in meaning, emotion, perspective and storytelling. “This is just to say” is no exception, and uses careful, sparse language, a sense of subtext and the poem’s rhythm to infuse meaning and emotion into the poem itself.
Works Cited
Litz, A. Walton & MacGowan, Christopher & Williams,
Williams Carlos. (1991). The Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams: 1909-1939. New York: New Directions Publishing.
Williams, William Carlos. (2005). The Norton Introduction to Literature, 9th Edition (Booth, Alison & Hunter, J. Paul & Mays, Kelly J. ,
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