One of the first poems I teach in my intro to poetry classes is William Carlos Williams’s “This is Just to Say.”  It’s a short poem with an amazing amount going on, though at first glance, many students dismiss it as slight or unworthy of being a poem.

My favorite thing about teaching it is the inevitable flurry of “This is Just to Say”-related humor that follows.  Perhaps you remember this post.  This time around, I tweeted that I had taught the poem, and got this message on Facebook a couple days later from a friend:

This is Just to Say

I have stolen
the Manguso
that you
leant me

and which
I meant to return
on the drive

Forgive me
it’s wonderful
so smart
and so funny

Comments (1)

  1. Marielle

    We also used this one early on in the GSW poetry class I TAed this summer… we had an overly interpretive bunch… one kid was convinced it was about someone losing their virginity (highschoolers… sigh).

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