Thoughts on Williams

I included This Is Just to Say for much the same reason as I included The Second Coming: it’s a poem that can be overly familiar, but I like it. I think almost every English high school teacher uses it to start a lesson where students write their own apology note. I know I had that lesson in high school.

The casual tone of the poem seems to lend itself to parody. McSweeney’s did a fun one.

I just like the poem. The last stanza is what sells it for me with its celebration of the sensual.


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