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William Carlos Williams
The poem "This Is Just to Say" is written from the point of view of the speaker, who addresses his housemate—the "you" in the poem. The speaker can be understood to be the poet addressing his wife, based on the poem "Reply" published in the Atlantic Monthly in November 1982 and written by the poet's wife, Florence "Flossie" Williams.
The poem "This Is Just to Say" begins in the present perfect tense as the speaker describes an action that began in the past and was just completed. It then moves into past continuous as the speaker acknowledges the person was saving the plums. It finishes in the simple past as the speaker reflects on the taste and temperature of the plums.
The title of the poem "This Is Just to Say" suggests the poem has a simple and straightforward message. "This" is the poem itself. As the first phrase of the first sentence of the poem, the title also ties the poem and title together.
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