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This is just to say I have eaten the plums that were in the icebox and which you were probably saving for breakfast fopgive me they were delicious so sweet and so cold

questions 1. predict where this text will normally exist? 2. is it possible that this text is a poem?if yes why? if not why?


-- Anonymous, October 11, 2000


Dear Betty,

First of all, I believe that you have your authors confused. This site relates to Edgar Alla Poe, whereas your question is concerning a poem written by William Carlos Williams.

Nevertheless, I shall attempt to answer your questions, seeing that I have also studied Williams, as well as Poe.

Question one: Predict where this text will normally exist?

Answer one: If you read the text closely, you will note that the author has written about "plums that were in the icebox and which you were probably saving for breakfast". This leads to the opinion that the text is in fact a fridgenote left as an explication to somebody as to why they cannot find their missing plums. Therefore, one has established that the text could be a "fridgenote" (so consequently you would assume to find it stuck to a fridge door, under a fridge magnet for example).

Summarising, the text can be assumed to exist as a quotidian (something of daily life)object, a fridgenote on a fridge, left for somebody explaining what has happened to the plums.

Question two: is it possible that this text is a poem?

Answer two: This depends on one's definition of "poem". If by "poem" one understands writing which possesses techniques like rhyme, metre, and so forth (I hazard to say a "conventional" notion of poetry) then this text cannot be a poem, simply because it does not conform with those notions employed in defining a "poem".

If, on the other hand, one is willing to adopt a more liberal view regarding the nature of poetry, then one could almost argue that practically anything is poetry.

I think one needs to be aware of one's own demarcation line when it comes to this matter. I believe that this text could be considered as a poem, as well as a fridgenote. It all depends upon individual opinion.

I hope this helps you out. Please contact me if you have any queries whatsoever, and I shall try to clarify them for you.

PS: I hope you know that Williams is categorised as a modernist poet, and is not coetaneous to Poe (who had died a long time before Williams began writing).

-- Anonymous, October 13, 2000

dear betty . udah lama aku tak kirim surat buat kamu, tapi maaf aja kalau caranya agak berantakan ,emang sekarang lagi stres berat ,patah hati tolong dong kirim balasanya saya tunggu , ya hitung-hitung dapat menghibur hati ini ya...sukur dapat kenalan ya kalau boleh minta alamatnya dan kalau situ keberatan dapet minta nomer telp nya. dari suryo 558-50-40.salam kangen untuk kamu seorang, trimakasih.

-- Anonymous, January 23, 2001

hai, betty gue mau kenalan sama lue boleh nggak.

-- Anonymous, April 08, 2001

Man can you guys speak english so the other people can understand whats going on??

-- Anonymous, February 12, 2002

No shit.

-- Anonymous, April 07, 2003


-- Anonymous, October 06, 2003

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