10 of the most famous poems in the English Literature (V)

Hello there! Here it is, the fifth poem in our series of ten. Do you think a note you leave on the fridge can be poetry? William Carlos William experimented with poetry. Many of his poems lack punctuation, rely on erratic or unusual lineation, and generally dissolve the traditional boundaries between one thing, or idea, and another, between poetry and daily mundane life. 


Poet: Willian Carlos Williams

This is just to say

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


You can read more about Willliam Carlos Williams here.

Quick fact:

Written as though it were a note left on a kitchen table, Williams’ poem appears to the reader like a piece of found poetry. Metrically, the poem exhibits no regularity of stress or of syllable count. The consonance of the letters «Th» in lines two, three, and four, as well the consonance of the letter «F» in lines eight and nine, and the letter ‘S’ in lines eleven and twelve give rise to a natural rhythm when the poem is read aloud.

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