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TP-CASTT "This Is Just To Say"

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Transcript of TP-CASTT "This Is Just To Say"

"This Is Just To Say" by William Carlos Williams TP-CASTT Poetry Analysis What is the "this"? A note?
The speaker is going to leave a note to a friend telling him to have a good day. Title Where does the speaker shift to another emotion or topic? Look for a change in rhythm, rhyme, or tone. Punctuation and/or stanza divisions are usually where the shift will occur. What is the effect of the shift? Shift(s) Original Text 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 Paraphrase I ate the plums that were in the refrigerator

I know you wanted to eat them for breakfast

I'm sorry, but I couldn't help myself. They were too tempting. Connotation Look for words that have an emotion attached to it. Also be looking for any figurative language devices, patterns of sound, rhythm, or rhyme. Finally, think about the effect the things you discover have on the meaning of the poem. Consider the title. Predict what you think the poem is about. This is a quick first impression only. Go through the poem stanza by stanza and put the poem in your own words. Paraphrase Attitude What is the speaker's attitude toward the subject? How does he or she feel? What clues did you use from the text? Revisit the title. Why is this title appropriate for this poem? Why do you think the author chose this title? Title First decide what the subject of the poem is. Then ask yourself, "What is the speaker trying to say about the subject?" Express your theme in a complete sentence. Theme(s) 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 This Is Just To Say "just" - a word used to indicate something is not really important; an afterthought; a side not; "by the way" The rhythm is more like normal speech patterns. The author wants to convey that this is a typical communication between friends. The short lines help indicate that the speaker is thinking as he goes. This note was not planned ahead of time much like the action of eating the plums is spontaneous. "Forgive me" - indicates the speaker knows he is wrong for eating the plums "sweet" and "cold" emphasizes the temptation the speaker feels; perhaps the plum-owner is "sweet" and the speaker is "cold" for eating the plums so selfishly The use of the adverb "so" indicates the irresistible nature of the plums; it's not the speaker's fault - let's blame the plums! By saying "probably saving," the speaker admits knowing the plum-owner's intention. "Forgive me" conveys remorse, but the rest of the poem does not support a contrite attitude. By describing the plums as "so sweet and so cold," the speaker is showing that he feels that it isn't his fault. Inconsiderate Using the word "just" indicates that the speaker feels little guilt in eating the plums. The shift occurs when the speaker says "Forgive me." This is the only evidence of the speaker admitting he did something wrong. However, he ends the poem with a justification of his actions. One possible theme of the poem is that given the right temptation, a person will put his own needs and wants above someone else's. The subjects of the poem are friendship, desire, and temptation. The title is appropriate because the speaker doesn't feel that eating the plums was an unforgivable wrong. After all, they were "just" plums. The author wants to reinforce the theme of the poem through the title.
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